Critical Education

Cornwall has an on-going interest in what might be call critical education, which can include Freedom Schools, rites of passage programs, liberation schools,  Clemente Programs.  These projects all involve critical reflection about the social and political world and one’s positioning within it.  Some of this work has been inspired by Paulo Friere.  It interests us because the limited evidence currently available suggests that it can be transformative,  producing deep impacts on students in multiple domains of their lives.  In partnership with the University’s Office of University-Community Partnerships and the Children’s Defense Fund, Cornwall currently supports a summer Freedom, which we expect to expand.  We plan to develop additional demonstration and research projects in this area.