Daniel Cara
Paulo Freire Centenary: “The Patron”

Closing our Paulo Freire’s centenary series, Daniel Cara, professor at the University of São Paulo and one of the leaders of the Brazilian Campaign for the Right to Education, shares how the Law 12612/ 2012, which made Freire the patron of Brazilian education, was approved in the National Congress and how the perception of Freire’s pedagogy has become so controversial since then – especially in the midst of Bolsonaro’s ultra-reactionary government.

Cara also highlights how Freire’s critique of neoliberalism applies to current disputes in education politics, especially on the economic purpose of large-scale assessments.

In the end, he points out five teachings of Paulo Freire for his life that can come in handy as a recommendation to educators.