The Banking Concept of Education

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Lifeless, oppressing, solidarity; all words used by Paulo Freire about his opinion on the banking concept of education which he feels strongly against. In his essay he does make good points about his perception of the banking concept and problem posing ways of education. Giving reasonable evidence to support his claims and having many agree with his feelings and the reasoning’s behind those feelings. By viewing the students as depositories and the teachers as the depositors, supports Freire’s belief that the banking concept is lifeless and disconnects students from creativity. Another issue Freire connects with the banking concept is that there is no relationship between the students and teachers. He states strongly that this method of teaching separates students from reality and students are never challenged to consider what reality truly is (321?). While I do agree with Paulo Feire to a point I cannot fully support his conclusion that the banking concept of education is misguided and always oppressive.

In the “Banking” Concept of Education students are viewed as depositories while the teacher is the depositor. This method of “filling” students with information is “static” according to Freire and the significance of what is being educated is drained from the words. Instead of gaining the significance to what is being taught the “words are emptied from their concreteness and become hollow” (318). This is one of the reasoning’s behind why Freire believes the banking concept of education is a poor method of teaching. On the other hand, there are some instances where there is no depth to what is being taught, in other words you cannot argue with the fact that two plus two is four, that is what it is and there’s nothing else to discuss and sometimes the best way to gain the knowledge one needs to know is by using the method of regurgitation and the act of “depositing”. Freire would disagree with this statement because he believes that no matter what one is...
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