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Freire‘s ideas about education had a deeply philosophical origin. He believed, for instance, that the purpose of education was to help mankind recover its “lost” humanity and that education was a way to recognize the inherent dignity and intelligence of all people independent of social or economic status.

The maxim you mention can be understood as a call to remember that education must always be contextualized. Any decision a teacher makes must emerge from a preconceived set of assumptions about society, the nature of the individual, and education’s role in that society. Friere’s point is that teaching requires a certain consciousness about why we teach the way...

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