Ira Shor

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Ira Shor
Born 1945
Era 20th-century philosophy
Region Western Philosophy
School Critical pedagogy

Ira Shor (born 1945) is a professor at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York, where he teaches composition and rhetoric.[1] He is also doctoral faculty in the Ph.D. Program in English, at The Graduate Center, CUNY.[2] In collaboration with Paulo Freire, he has been one of the leading exponents of critical pedagogy.[3]


Shor grew up in the working class area in the South Bronx of New York City. According to Shor coming from a working class area had a powerful influence on his thinking, politics and feelings.


  • Critical Teaching and Everyday Life (1980)
  • Culture Wars: School and Society in the Conservative Restoration (1986)
  • A Pedagogy for Liberation, with Paulo Freire (1987)
  • Freire for the Classroom: A Sourcebook for Liberatory Teaching (1987)
  • Empowering Education (1992)
  • When Students have Power: Negotiating Authority in a Critical Pedagogy (1996)
  • Critical Literacy in Action (1999)
  • Education is Politics (1999)


  1. ^ "Faculty Profile". College of Staten Island. 
  2. ^ "Ira Shor, Faculty Bios". City University of New York. 
  3. ^ "Ira Shor - What is Critical Literacy?". Lesley University. Fall 1999.