In the film The Matrix, humanity is reduced to serving as an energy source for sentient machines. Being physically plugged into the machines, most people are completely unaware of the constructed illusions fed into their minds, which keeps them under control. Humans would be a threat to the machine world if they became unplugged and cognizant of how people were being used to serve machine interests that had no regard for their humanity, needs, or welfare. Becoming conscious of the domination and hegemony found in the everyday experiences and discourses in which people live—and working toward a more just society—is at the core of critical pedagogy. This entry presents a definition of critical pedagogy and describes its implications for activists, teachers, and students.

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