An Analysis Of Paulo Freire 's The Banking Concept Of Education

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My sociology teacher in twelfth grade was a perfect example of a banking educator. Paulo Freire identifies in “The ‘Banking’ Concept of Education” as a “banker”. He discusses two types of education in the world; the banking concept and problem posers. Freire argues that, “In the banking concept of education, knowledge is a gift bestowed by those who consider themselves knowledgeable upon those whom they consider to know nothing” (260). Basically, he is saying that there are educators who have the knowledge, and there are students who receive the knowledge. The second type of education, problem-posing education, is considered by Freire the opposite of the banking concept: “From the outset, her efforts must coincide with those of the students to engage in critical thinking and the quest for mutual humanization” (262). In problem posing, educators must see themselves on the same level as his/her students in order to have them think critically about the material they are learning about, and that they must learn from each other. This type of education ensures that the flow of knowledge is not straight from educator to student and is evenly distributed. My sociology teacher was not like this: he taught straight off of pre-made PowerPoints, forced the class to see him as superior, and failed to help us really understand the depth of the material he was teaching. To begin with, Mr. Staudenmayer was my teacher for Sociology during my senior year of high school. He was a pretty…

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