Welcome to my blog “Everyone is a politician: mature or immature.”

Thank you for visiting my page. My name is Bob Walker, and this is my first attempt posting a blog. I hope you will find it interesting and meaningful enough for you to respond to me.

I am a retired professor of Public Health Education. I taught at West Virginia University (1970 – 1979), where I received my M.S. and my Doctorate in Health Education, and at Penn State University (1980 – 1993). Find more info in the “About Me” tag.

My lifelong interest and work have continued to be in the theory and practice of Liberation Education and Public Policy.

What do I mean with Liberation Education? This is a term by the educator and philosopher Paulo Freire, who developed the concept of critical pedagogy in his seminal work  Pedagogy of the Oppressed (1970). Critical Pedagogy is the only practice of relating with each other that helps people become a mature politician. Everyone on this planet (except maybe a comatose patient) can develop a critical conscious stage, to engage as a mature politician.

Mature politicians engage to create a culture of liberty and justice for all, to survive and thrive peacefully. Immature politicians create a culture of domination, exploitation, and oppressive violence. This is a daily practice for everyone, in all relations. There is no way of not participating in one or the other. You must choose, every day, in every situation.

With my blog posts now, I want to challenge you to have the courage to be with others, to engage with my reasoning, as we go more into depth. I look forward carrying on this deliberation with you and other participants in this blog. My main objective, however, is that we all carry these thoughts with us, and have them inform our daily relations and actions. Thought – Talk – and Action! Thus we create a critical mass of Critical-Conscious, mature politicians.

Bob Walker

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