Essay on Allegory Of The Cave And The Banking Concept Of Education

1154 Words Sep 22nd, 2016 5 Pages
The Road to Enlightenment as Told by Plato and Freire
In “Allegory of the Cave” and “The Banking Concept of Education,” Plato and Paulo Freire criticize the value of education in our society. Although Plato’s writings aren’t modern, their concepts still apply to modern day learning; in fact, many of Freire’s arguments coalesce with Plato’s. In today’s society it is common to view a teacher as an information giver who blesses students with the gift of knowledge. Concurrently it is believed that the student is a receptacle for this information to be stored in. Although I have been raised with this same belief, I have concluded through Plato and Freire that this concept of education doesn’t support the true value of education. Therefore, I contend that the value of education exists in the process of learning and realization of deception, rather than the deposition of “facts” into our brains.
In Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, he recites a story of prisoners shackled in a cave, unable to see the light behind them. Instead they see the shadows of passerbys on the wall in front of them and hear their echoes. This is all the prisoners believe there is to life; their only truth. Plato exemplifies this when he says, “the truth would be literally nothing but the shadows of the images” (568). Plato’s point is that when people cannot see true images but instead see a distortion of that image, they accept that distortion as the truth. His argument revolves around the distortion of truth…

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