Banking Concept

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In The “Banking “Concept of Education Freire discusses the conventional way of teaching as a trap that creates an oppressive environment in education and cripples students in their knowledge and their ability to take action later in life. Freire discusses that the teacher and student relationship contributes heavily to this oppressive atmosphere in the classroom and encourages ignorance on behalf of the student. I challenge Friere’s thoughts of escaping from education as we know it today; and instead combine the traditional styles of the past and the new problem posing solution of the future together. Reflecting on my experiences in education and analyzing the text of Friere I have developed my own theory of education. Students need to believe they are the future and need to be prepared to act and fill the roles they are given in times of success and times of failure. A balanced education will prepare them for all the situations that they will be faced with in their future outside the classroom. My own experience as a student has allowed me to develop multiple opinions about Freire’s concerns on conventional learning and his innovative idea of problem solving education. I believe that my reaction and opinion’s to Freire’s essay is moderate, I believe that if a student is only exposed to traditional learning then yes he or she will be crippled. However, in my experience as a student, I believe there are occasions where an environment of a teacher teaching and students listening totally appropriate. There needs to be a balance between nontraditional learning and traditional learning. Freire’s banking concept is an occurring event in today’s education but I wouldn’t necessarily go as far as diagnosing that it’s the problem that the education system needs to get rid of. I believe that there is value to both a problem solving way of learning and a traditional style of learning and students should be exposed to both during their education. I don’t believe we could live in a world where there were all people who were eccentric learners and spoke out about everything, and I also don’t believe we can live in a world of passive learners who just listened. Students today need to learn both skills and both ways of learning in order to become an active learner. Freire draws a lot of problems in education from the teacher and student relationship. He believes, “The teacher presents himself to his students as their necessary opposite; by considering their ignorance absolute, he justifies his own existence. “ Freire explains that the natural atmosphere is the classroom is one of intimidation by the teacher. The only way he knows that he is a teacher is by making his students feel as they know nothing until he teaches them. Freire believes there is danger if the student accepts this passive role in the classroom. He believes to accept their role of ignorance in education will only be a habit to them when they have to adapt outside the classroom and in reality. How will they know how to act when they have never been asked to act? Friere believes the idea of ignorance and not knowing when to act leaves the student incomplete and unable to become “fully human”. Although I agree with Friere that the teacher and student relationship is extremely important to the student’s ability to learn and take in the knowledge that the teacher is giving, I believe that a teacher can be effective even if they teach in a lecture style class. Last year, in my AP government class I was taught by Mrs. Foppert who had also been my dorm parent for two years and who I have become extremely close with. Mrs. Foppert developed the pattern of teaching by a lecture for half the week and then the other half of having debates or heavy discussion based classes. Even though there were classes that were in the style of a lecture and Friere would consider us to be, “receptacles” waiting to be filled by the teacher. There were also classes where we held debates and...
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