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Maha Bali’s blog about education

January 18, 2015
by Maha Bali
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Freire & Egypt’s Revolution – Critical Revelation & Creative Transformation

Reading Time: 3 minutesHow appropriate that I’ll be writing about Freire and the Egyptian revolution just before the 4th anniversary of Egypt’s Jan 25 revolution… The first time I read Freire was maybe in 2006, and it was Education for Critical Consciousness and … Continue reading

September 16, 2014
by Maha Bali
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Why not ask “why not”?

Reading Time: 3 minutesDo you know that story about the philosophy exam where there was just one question: “Why?” – and the student who got an “A” was the one who responded, “Why not?” Or do you know this quote, the one along … Continue reading

April 21, 2014
by Maha Bali
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The trouble with agency

Reading Time: 6 minutes[i fully intend to write a post about my journey towards reclaiming my domain, but this one is more urgent; this “fully intend to write” thing reminds me of Keith has done before] I recently commented on Clarissa’s blog about … Continue reading

February 28, 2014
by balimaha
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Breaking the cycle of oppression: hope and hopelessness

Reading Time: 3 minutesI have been thinking for a while now about the different approaches one can take to break the cycle of oppression, once one becomes conscious/aware of it and of the power relations/dynamics taking place. I may be missing something, but … Continue reading

February 27, 2014
by balimaha
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Liberating the oppressors and all such difficulties

Reading Time: 4 minutesFreire claims that “the great humanistic and historical task of the oppressed [is] to liberate themselves and their oppressors as well.” As with much critical pedagogy scholarship: easier said than done! I love the critical pedagogy literature. I love the … Continue reading

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