What It Means to Be Educated

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What it means to be Educated

To be educated is to be taught in a way that I believe will help you to succeed in the real world. Education is the idea that is supposed to be taught in schools all across the World, but is it really being taught? Education means something and is defined differently by many different people. A few people who have different views on what the meaning of education is are Paolo Friere, Bell Hooks, and Theodore Sizer. In the words of Paolo Friere, professor at Harvard University, in “The Banking Concept”, “education thus becomes an act of depositing, in which students are the depositories and the teacher is the depositor.”(Friere 74) Education is nothing more than the act of spitting out information by the teacher for the student to be able to “patiently receive, memorize, and repeat.”(Friere 75) Friere believes that education should be the act of working together between the teacher and the student to give out and obtain knowledge. But really he sees that education is nothing like that. He sees only one solution to fix this “banking concept” problem and that is to find a “solution of the teacher-student contradiction, by reconciling the poles of the contradiction so that both are simultaneously teachers and students.”(Friere 75) Friere sees here a solution for the education problem in schools. In the eyes of Friere we see that he believes education to be the act of a bank like process. Unlike Friere’s view of education, bell hooks, a teacher, writer, and scholar, sees education to have a different meaning. In Hooks’ passage, “Engaged Pedagogy”, she sees “to educate as the practice of freedom is a way of teaching that anyone can learn.”(Hooks 67) Hooks believes that teachers should not just preach their teachings but also believe what they are teaching to be true. She believes that education should be to “not merely share information but to share in the intellectual and spiritual growth of our students.” (Hooks 67-68) She goes on in...
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