"I defend the duty of the teachers to teach the cultivated pattern, and I defend the right of the kids or the adults to learn the dominant pattern. But it is necessary in being a democratic and tolerant teacher, to explain, to make clear to the kids or to the adults that their way of speaking is as beautiful as our way of speaking. Second, they have the right to speak like this. Third, nevertheless, they need to learn the so-called ‘dominant syntax’ for different reasons. That is, the more the oppressed, the poor people, grasp the dominant syntax, the more they can articulate their voices and their speech in their struggle against injustice."

Paulo Freire, 1996