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Brittany Scott
February 22, 2013
Prof.

Brittany Scott
February 22, 2013
Prof.
“The Stereotypes of Freire, Miller, Rodriguez, and Bordo”
Having to read four stories from four well educated authors can leave you puzzled, but it can also open your mind to other forms of learning. The stories “The ‘Banking’ Concept of Education by Paulo Freire, “The Dark Knight of the Soul” by Richard Miller, “The Achievement of Desire” by Richard Rodriguez, and “Beauty (Re)Discovers the Males Body” by Susan Bordo all take on different aspects of learning. But while analyzing my readings I noticed that each author made a stereotype for their view of learning.

Paulo Freire’s, said to be one of the most influential radical educators of our world viewings of literature were based on students and teachers. Freire created a system for teachers and students to have an equal power, but while doing his research him began to compare student teacher learning relations. Freire stereotyped students as takers (depositories) and teacher’s givers (depositors), but he also made it known that at times a student can be the giver. By students getting their education from a higher power, Freire feels as if it is depriving students of their creativity. In a passage from Freire states “Oppression – overwhelming control – is necrophilic; it is nourished by love of death, not life. The banking concept of education, which serves the interest of oppression, is also necrophilic. Based on a mechanistic, static, naturalistic, spatialized, view of consciousness, it transforms students into receiving objects. It attempts to control thinking and action, leads women and men to adjust to the world, and inhibits their creative powers.” I believe that Freire use his concepts as examples. From the quote from the book, he made it known that we as students are oppressed by the higher authority, the teacher. Through his explanations he made it known that we receive and the more that we just receive, we are...
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