On the plane to Boston to attend the International Conference on the Best Practices in the Question Formulation Technique (QFT), I re-read Paulo Freire’s powerful book, Pedagogy of the Oppressed. In the forward of the book, Richard Schaull reminds us of Paolo Freire’s “conviction that every human being, no matter how ‘ignorant’ or submerged in the ‘culture of silence’ is capable of looking critically at the world in a dialogical encounter with others. Provided with the proper tools for such an encounter, the individual can gradually perceive personal and social reality as well as the contradictions in it, and deal critically with it. In this process, the old paternalistic teacher-student relationship is overcome.”
It struck me that the Question Formulation Technique is another powerful tool to overcome the paternalistic teacher-student relationship.
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