Shar, Ira. Critical Thinking and Everyday Life. Boston: South End Press, 1980.
Shor explains in this book how he practiced liberatory pedagogy in his writing classes of working-class, Open Admissions CUNY students. His pedagogy draws on Freire, and he applies Freire’s theories to argue against the motivations for and the attitudes transcribed by American vocational education. His theory of critical teaching, “extraordinarily re-experiencing the ordinary,” (95) is Freirian in nature, based in dialogue grounded in the subjectivity of the students, collaboration, self-reflection, and indisciplinary inquiry and investigation. This book contains several of his pedagogical assignments, strategies, and experiments from working with his Open Admissions CUNY students, a program that was cut, ironically, right as teachers like Shor were beginning to learn how to best teach these students.
vocational education “narrows human development” and is a “socialization against intellectual life, against feeling, and against autonomy.” (51)
this kind of pedagogy is difficult, anxiety-filled for the teacher
working against the hegemoies of mass culture and false consciousness