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Revista Lusófona de Educação

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SOUZA NETO, João Clemente de. The ethical commitment of the social educator. Rev. Lusófona de Educação [online]. 2012, n.22, pp.55-67. ISSN 1645-7250.

This article examines the ethical commitment of the social educator with learners. In his practice, it is clear that education is a strategy and a condition of humanization. In this sense, learning and practice of ethics occur in a coordinated set covering academic and daily life, as we can learn of some declarations from educators. The practice of social educator, guided by an ethic based on technical competence and love, helps to transform reality and overcome the irrationality of a culture of subservience and exploitation that pervade the daily lives of the excluded. This research used a methodology of interviews based on previously established routine. We selected three educators, who were users of the pastoral of the minor and each one of them with over ten years of work. We note in the statements the matter of leadership, that, somehow, is a pedagogical principle. We follow this perspective, because we understand that the events of daily educator give consistency to the theory and vice versa. In this relationship, the human learning occurs, perceived as the action of transforming and organizing daily life and history, and to allocate to life and events different meanings. The praxis of the social educator allows to defrosting and "defetishing" concepts that deviate from contact with others and with reality. It provides the conditions for better understanding of the educational process, recreates analytical categories and contributes to the construction of knowledge. It allows appreciating education as a strategy and a condition of humanization. This occurs because to the praxis converge the hopes, disappointments, sufferings, excitements and searches for outputs. The guiding axis of the reflections is the principle that the formation of the social educator is in its own field of action and that the motivations for their involvement in the work are linked to his biography. The theoretical assumption is grounded in Paulo Freire and Enrique Dussel, founders of a pedagogical theory of liberation. Our considerations, based on testimony, evidence the importance of ethical compromise of the educator as a requirement of the human condition. When help the student to develop a project of life based on ethics, the educator is, in fact, systematizing a set of fragmented and disconnected experiments. The resulting equilibrium is loaded with meaning for life and a humanizing project. A vital point in the experience of social educators is the meaning they attach to events. These touch, affect, disrupt and organize the individual, ultimately reflected in their practice that may humanize as dehumanize. The sense cooperates to turn parts that seem disconnected and without communication, as reason, emotion and commitment, effects and sensations that, sometimes, may or may not be understood in a heterogeneous context. At this point, we must highlight the driving force of love, one of the intrinsic human needs. Human existence involves two factors of support, love and ethical compromise.

Palavras-chave : ethics; social education; resistance; social change; the practice educator.

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