What Is The Banking Concept Of Education

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Dalal Farah
Professor Oderlin
English 1A
16 February 2016
The Key Education like other things is the key to success. Education has been around for longer than we have known. Over the years, there have been many changes to the education system. These changes made the education system better and worse. The education system today is very similar to Paulo Freire’s “Banking Concept of Education”. Throughout the years as changes were made the education system began to differ from Freire’s. Unfortunately, standardized testing is still a common trait of the education system today just like Freire. But, one that has been a problem for the past couple of years that is effecting our education, bullying, which has not been part of the “Banking Concept
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Each state is required to set standards for each high school, specifically in each grade level. So, throughout the school year teachers are obligated to follow those standards. This is very similar to Freire’s views on the standards set into the education system. For Freire, the teacher choses the content they wish to represent the course and the students have to adjust to understand it themselves (Freire, 1993). According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in the United States the average number of days in the school year is 180 (SASS, 2007-2008). With a short school year, the teachers are on a time cramp. This makes them go a certain pace which most of the time tends to be faster. Because the teachers feel like they are on a time crunch they do not put much as much effort into making sure the students understand the lesson. When, the time of those standardized tests come along, students begin to struggle. This results with the students losing interest and not caring about school anymore. When teachers do not put time a thought into a lesson they are teaching, students feel as if they do not matter and feel low because they are not able to keep up, leading them to “not care about anything”. With the careless students not trying on these tests they are robbed from the whole learning process. Freire states, “The more students work at storing the deposits entrusted to them, the less they develop the critical consciousness which would result from their intervention in the world as transformers of that world” (Freire, 1993). Standards instead of creating stronger students, create weaker students whom become lazy and careless than developing a critical mind set. Unfortunately, from Freire’s time of the Banking Concept of Education, standards have remained the same and continue to be

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