This Op-Ed, which will be printed in TCPublicSpace’s April edition, started out as an assignment for my U.S. Education Policy in the Historical Context class with Ansley Erickson. However, it is less history assignment than critical book review, as it is primarily a response to Christopher Emdin’s incredible book: “For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…”. My hope is that by writing this piece a conversation might develop around the broader issues that I start to touch upon. Overall, the timing for this writing could not have been better and I must give credit to the serendipity that made the connections possible.
The first draft made no mention on my part of Freire. Then re-reading Pedagogy of the Oppressed for another class brought out that crucial argument which allowed me to side step a less clear issue that I wanted to touch on regarding the term ‘neo-indigenous’ but speaking from my White Australian perspective. That is for another article, perhaps.