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The libertarian Concept of Education

 It goes without saying  that there is no ready-made, magical way to blindly stick to when teaching. Herein, I think, lies the flavor of teaching. It is an ever-growing art whose limit is the sky. The teacher’s keen creativity, intelligence, motivation, and originality are the key secrets behind students’ attainments. Hence goes the adage “behind every exhausted teacher is a good student''. The pendulum of change strikes every time, but this time it stops for awhile to ponder over the fact that the application of Libertarian education in  the classroom is assuredly to reap monumental achievements from the part of 21st century students.
   
                           What is libertarian education?

    Libertarian education, also called Problem solving education, is a term coined by Paulo Friere_ a Brazilian educator and  influential theorist of critical pedagogy_ in his famous book (Pedagogy of the Oppressed). As opposed to Bank education, Libertarian education liberates the students from the total and blind dependency on the teacher. it's the mutual knowledge exchange and dialogue that bind  the learner and the teacher, thereby establishing a positive rapport between the two. the learner and the teacher are deemed as equal contributors to the learning/teaching process.This type of education promotes students  critical thinking and problem solving skills


     The teacher within the libertarian framework:

  • The teacher is no longer the dispenser of knowledge and distributor of sanctions and judgments
  •  He is a facilitator of learning, a resource, an adviser and co-participant in the learning process
  • The teacher is instrumental in creating a low anxiety atmosphere wherein learning can take place
  • the teacher no longer  has the total authority in the classroom: both the teacher and the learner are held responsible for the learning process
  • The teacher is a language model
  The learner within the libertarian framework:

  • Students are active participants in the learning process
  • Students are responsible for their language learning
  • Students take the initiative to shape their own learning
  • Learners are no longer consumers of knowledge , rather they produce knowledge




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