CAMINANTES! Help wanted...
One of the things that has come out of our webinar discussions as well as face to face discussions this year, has been the need to make critical education (or popular education as some are more comfortable describing it) more accessible. How can we encourage practitioners to recognise their practice as critical education?
One idea we came up with for doing this was to create a short film which highlights all the values/practices and actions which critical education encompasses.
And here are some statements we've collected already which you could use if you haven't got any ideas of your own...
Choose tolerance, choose empathy, choose to set aside a space and time for thinking, choose your allies, influence your foes, choose to ask why, choose to rehearse and establish the habits of democratic participation, choose to recognise your privilege and use it for a common good...Choose Hope, choose Love, Choose Solidarity, Choose to feel, choose to connect, choose to unsettle and to be unsettled, choose to stir and choose to be stirred, choose to be present, Choose solidarity, choose to feel deeply, choose to unsettle and to be unsettled, choose empathy and connection, choose to be present, choose to stir things up once in a while, choose to recognise your privilege. Choose Grassroots, choose and equip yourself with broader theoretical understandings of the world, as Freire and Gramsci will only take you so far, Choose to challenge the hegemonic agenda, and break the culture of silence, Choose yer maws advice, and keep yer ears tae the ground, choose your questions, choose liberty, choose life, choose critical education.
Here's how the idea began:
The below words were (in)famously voiced-over Iggy Pop's 'Lust for Life' to promote the film Trainspotting. We want to adapt these words for our own purposes to create a shareable video which tells people what 'critical education' means and we need your help!
If you were to adapt the lyrics below to explain and exemplify critical education what phrases would you use?
Choose life.�Choose a job.�Choose a career.�Choose a family,
Choose a fucking big television�Choose washing machines, cars,�Compact disc players, and electrical tin openers.�Choose good health, low cholesterol
And dental insurance.�Choose fixed-interest mortgage repayments.�Choose a starter home.�Choose your friends.
Choose leisure wear and matching luggage.�Choose a three piece suite on hire purchase�In a range of fucking fabrics.�Choose DIY and wondering who you
Are on a Sunday morning.�Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing�Sprit-crushing ga me shows�Stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth.
Choose rotting away at the end of it all,�Pishing you last in a miserable home�Nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish,�Fucked-up brats
You have spawned to replace yourself.�Choose your future. Choose life.
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