Paulo Freire once said: “Human existence cannot be silent, nor can it be nourished by false words, but only by true words, with which men and women transform the world.” This quote challenged my thinking in a great way.

What it means to me

When I hear this quote, two things pop into my mind: current issues and education. I will focus on the latter of the two, but I would like to explain why I think this quote relates to current issues.

There are many current issues I feel can go along with this quote. They are, the fight for women’s rights; the fight against same-sex marriage; the fight against sexual abuse; and more recent, the fight over gun control, specifically in school buildings.

People all over the world are standing up for human rights, and it all started with a voice. Today, with the advancements of social media — and technology altogether — people can voice their opinion in many different forms. People are doing just that, and you can see the changes being made at a fast-pace rate. This, to me, is an example of humans using dialogue to transform the world. However, there is a challenge when it comes to the multiple ways one can voice their opinion, and that is false news.

Since anyone with time and a keyboard can get online and voice their opinion, it becomes hard to detect what is true and what may be false. That word “false” can be seen in my chosen quote. True words are needed to transform the world. So, we must be careful to say or listen to true words, rather than follow false words taking us away from the truth and into dehumanizing hostility.

I believe this quote can also relate to education in a smaller sense, but for me, an important sense. The quote reminds me of my first, varsity basketball experience. My coach, used dialogue towards me that was not true (or at least I didn’t feel it as true words). In the two years I played for him, I was never able to gain a level of trust; therefore, there was no respect between the two of us. The moment I felt he would never have my back when it came to basketball, was the same moment I did not care to play for him. Why did this happen? It was all dialogue.

So, anyway, what this means to me, is the impact a teacher can have on a student through dialogue. This may not be what Freire had in mind when he wrote these words, but that’s what it means to me: helping a child grow to be the best she or he can be through the use of true words.

29 thoughts on “Dialogue

  1. Thank you Reggie, your post today came as a clear well among a lot of detritus.
    So beautiful a quote and how true your words. I believe many of us can relate and these words should
    be heard.

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  2. There does need to be more dialog and a lot less false news. I think your right that social media is playing a role in a lot of the good dialog going on in the world today. It is inspiring to see the younger generation stepping up and creating dialog around the things that are important to them.
    Have a super wonderful day.

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    1. Yes, exactly. The news, social media, all of it seems to portray negative dialogue. And I don’t have the knowledge to say why, or even if it is true. But it certainly doesn’t help our country to grow.
      I think we need to take it with a grain of salt; then, go out into the world and see for ourselves. The world isn’t as bad as it seems, but it could go bad…quick.
      Thank you so much for this comment! I appreciate it a lot, Mark.
      You have a good day as well!

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      1. I don’t remember any teacher talking to me except a general science teacher who ridiculed me in class because I was so shy. He made me walk up to the front of the class and give my answer to his question. After a couple of months of this I talked with a counselor and was transferred to a different class.

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  3. Both thoughtful and insightful Reggie, which is what I have come to expect when I visit ‘From Private to Public’. Keep up the great work my friend 😊
    False/Fake ‘News’ is nothing new, never been more prevalent, or harmful than it is today!

    “Beware of false knowledge, it is more dangerous than ignorance” George Bernard Shaw.

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  4. Your posts are so inspiring. I believe in education as what can change the world. Dialogue is very important. And for effective and rewarding dialogue, the parties have to stand for the truth which is also the fruit of education. If we are not educated to stand for the truth, we will not.
    Let me end by saying thank you for your great contribution to build a better world.

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    1. I really don’t know what to say. I just appreciate this…so much! To teach students is motivation enough. But, to hear these words come from a group of people who inspire the world, it just adds the extra fuel to keep going–no matter what!
      Thank you! And I have to say: I love the blog you run. It’s so valuable.


  5. Absolutely, I had a professor in college that belittled me because of how I did in his classes. Though it wasn’t just me that didn’t meet their usual academic performance in his class. It was the way he approached his classes and while he was very smart he talked to us students like we were insignificant and would never be on his level. He was very close minded. His word’s definitely had an impact on me!

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    1. Oh, my goodness! I’m so sorry to hear this. Did that class happened to be called, “Creativity” or “Psychbiology?” Because I swear you just described my processor for those courses. Wow, he was very insulting and mean. He once yelled at me in the hallway, while all other students were watching. Worst of all. . .he was my advisor! 😦

      I’ve had a lot if teachers, even know, try to read me down. But I use it as motivation, and there’s always a great teacher to keep your spirits.

      Thank you for your comment and time!


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