The Banking Concept of Education vs. Problem Posing

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Name: Ronak V Patel

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Paulo Freire wrote “The Banking Concept of Education”. His article is based on the “banking” concept education and problem posing education. Banking education is the learning method between students and teacher where most of the participation in class is done by the teacher. Learners don’t have any idea what the educator is talking about, this is the reason why Freire opposes banking education. Problem posing education is a learning method where students are taught practically about the subject with real examples. The writer supports problem posing method of education where students can benefit in terms of enhancing their critical thinking skills, remembering the concepts for long term. This education system will help to develop individual’s own opinion.

Richard Rodriguez writes in his essay, “Aria: Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood” about bilingual education and also takes a stand why he is against this method of education. Bilingual education involves academic content in two languages, in a native and secondary language. He believes that assimilation, the adoption and replication of the foreign culture and values, is a must in order to achieve success in this competitive world. Freire would oppose Rodriguez’s view on bilingual education because assimilation is a form of banking education. Freire writes about the negative effects of banking education and Rodriguez’s learning experience was the perfect example of banking. Rodriguez went on to become a scholarship boy by following and imitating the instruction of his teachers.

Rodriguez’s views on bilingual education is negative because he feels that immigrant students coming from non English speaking countries will not be able to integrate with American culture which later creates division of culture between American students. Freire believes that problem posing learning method will encourage students to give their own opinion, will also create consciousness of what is...
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