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The efficiency of an educator can be seen in the generations of students that precede them. Whether an educator simply recited information from textbooks or truly gave students a well-rounded view point on their specific-content matter can make the difference between a disinterested and interested student. William W. Brickman and Paulo Freire are famous educators whose works have had significant impacts on the cohorts after them. In his biography of educational authorities, Flanagan (2005) gave an account of the Brazilian, Paulo Freire, and the journey that lead to his educational perspectives. Paulo Freire was a famous educator who lived from 1921-1997. After the infamous Stock Market Crash of 1929, Freire’s once financially secure family had their sheltered position stripped from them during the Great Depression. During his encounters with the poor and underprivileged, Freire gained a better understanding of the factors that kept these “oppressed” individuals weak. According to Freire this group was immersed in what he called a “culture of silence: accepting their situation as part of the natural order and lacking a voice to speak out against the injustices which dominated their daily lives (Flanagan, 2005).” After his experiences with the downtrodden, Friere worked to free the oppressed from their mental constraints. Flanagan (2005) summarizes his contributions as follows: “He worked throughout his life for the liberation of the oppressed, promoting education which enhances critical thought, challenges conventional limits of freedom, and aims at the liberation of teachers and learners everywhere.” The article For the Love of Knowledge gave a thorough account on the life and contributions of the renowned educator William W. Brickman. According to Silova and Brehm (2010), Brickman’s educational pursuits began when he was a young growing up in the poor, “multilingual Lower East Side of New York City in the early twentieth century.” Because of the...
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