According to Freire, the system of dominant social relations create a
culture of silence that instills a negative, silenced and suppressed
self-image into the oppressed. The learner must develop a critical
consciousness in order to recognize that this culture of silence is
created to oppress.
Also, a culture of silence can cause the “dominated individuals [to]
lose the means by which to critically respond to the culture that is
forced on them by a dominant culture.”
Social domination of race and class are interleaved into the
conventional educational system, through which the “culture of silence”
eliminates the “paths of thought that lead to a language of critique” (From- wikipedia)
Of course, Paulo was talking about poverty and education; How mainstream education, perpetuates status quo, unequal social relationships and poverty etc. But, if I may take a little liberty, I see a lot of similarity: non-stutterers make fun of stutterers in childhood, which instills the idea in us- that stammering is bad and should be kept hidden. In other words: dont stammer; dont even talk of stammering; dont even think about it. THIS effectively shuts off any path we could take as adults, to self-help or even therapy- because for all that, we will have to accept that we stammer and talk about it!
In other words, our computer goes into a reiterative (circular) script and the compu becomes very slow, non-responsive and finally hangs (sometime you get BSOD too, if you are lucky!). People who have teased us as a child also grow up into responsible adults, who tell us: “No, you dont stammer. You just tend to think & speak a little fast. That is all.” (and of course if they have a choice, they will select someone else in the interview, to work with them..)
Wow, what a bind we are in! If you have found any way of coming out of this vicious downward spiral of SILENCE, share it with TISA; TISA will award you PhD in Freirian Pedagogy of Fluency Disorders…
PS: Title is a Hindi idiom, meaning: the powerful beat the weak and strictly forbid any crying!