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

1042 Words Jun 11th, 2016 5 Pages
Paulo Freire, who was born in 1921 and died in 1997, was a Brazilian scholar who believed in liberation through humanization. Freire felt that no one could be authentically human while another prevents them from doing so. He also believed that full humanity required an act of fellowship and solidarity not isolation and individualism. He wrote a very powerful essay called The “Banking” Concept of Education” which was first published in Portuguese in 1968. Freire wrote, the students are not called to know, but to memorize the contents narrated by the teacher. Nor do the students practice an act of cognition, since the object towards which that act should be directed is the property of the teacher rather than a medium evoking the critical reflection of both teacher and students. ( Freire p 222). In other words, the student is learning only by memorization and is not given ample opportunities to gain a complete understanding of what is being taught. There simply is no critical thinking of the subject taking place and no discussions or objections can happen either. Teachers are teaching in a way that implies this is the way things are because I said so and students are disallowed any empirical or heuristic knowledge. Due to the ”banking” method of teaching used in my college geography class, my views on travel and tourism were negatively influenced and therefore, I changed my major to restaurant and hotel management.
There was a specific time in my second semester of college…

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