Comparing Paulo Freire and William C. Brickman

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At one point in time Paulo Freire was born into wealth; but that quickly changed in 1929 when Wall Street crashed. As Freire grew up, he had noticed that the way people learned about new things was done without the ever boasting or making judgments. Freire referred to them as “being submerged in a “culture of silence”” (Flanagan, Frank M., pg. 191). It had almost seemed like people wanted to stay hidden in the shadows and not speak out about their own opinions.

On the other hand William W. Brickman was a man that was in love with learning. Brickman was always up for learning new concepts from new people. It almost seemed that Brickman could not absorb enough new information to sedate him, he was a constant umbrella opened to learning new things.

During the comparing of Freire and Brickman, Freire grew up with people that took no force in becoming something better than they were. Just because they were poor and had no formal education, they believed the titles given to them by others, such as lazy and useless. However, Brickman grew up wanting to absorb as much knowledge as his brain could hold and nothing could hold him back. If Brickman could or would not find what he sought, he just continued to do so until it was found.

Freire & Brickman’s Main Contributions

Paulo Freire looked at education as ways to change people in certain situations. He understood that oppression would exploit others and also cause some resistance. Freire also looked at education as a “narrative” relationship. It was also seen that Freire was looking to see how domesticated the individuals had become. Now teachers, parents and other educators cannot wait for their “children or students” to wake up and realize what ex...

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...ickman, all he ever wanted to do was to learn, any and all things no matter where that knowledge came from. His style did not matter if a person was poor or rich, as long as they wanted to absorb the information that he offered.

Factor that Impacted Their Success

Therefore I think 20th century educators used some of Freire’s techniques for example, and then combined Brickman’s techniques of offering a complete array of knowledge on different topics at their disposal, hence, higher education for all who want to work for and grasp it.


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