Association for Bahá’í Studies Conference

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A Lakota Bahá’í approach to applying critical pedagogy in the classroom

This presentation highlights the result of enacting three complimentary philosophies and belief systems within the high school classroom environment: the Lakota concept of the medicine wheel and the power of the sacred circle, the Bahá’í model of educational systems demonstrated in the Ruhi Institute, and the concept of education as the practice of freedom as outlined by Paulo Freire and bell hooks. Wielding these three educational approaches in tandem, a dynamic and courageous learning environment is created where students can engage in meaningful discussions on white supremacy culture.