There are incontrovertible facts which should not be considered from inside the shelter of ideas, hypotheses. Poverty, racism, hunger, transphobia. There are incontrovertible facts which require action, not discussion.
It is urgent that we have teachers. It is urgent that we have teachers with great imaginations. It’s urgent that we have teachers who can see in their students the potential for something startling, something unlikely.
The project of critical pedagogy is not simply the project of improving education, or of learning, but rather the project of becoming more fully human.
What happens when a student who loves to learn is told they are not qualified to to so?
Be kind. Pay attention. Tell stories. Invite stories. Show you care. Don’t be afraid of love. Close doors when they need to be closed. Keep doors open when they need to be kept open, even if keeping them open is hard on your heart.
Imagination is important to the project of critical pedagogy precisely because of the responsive nature of its practice. We must be able to think on our toes if education (of all kinds) is meant to be liberative.