Paulo Freire Banking

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"The formula for this is as such; here is a list of all our U.S presidents thus far." Memorization after memorization. Paulo Freire expresses his view about our current education system in his essay, "The 'Banking ' Concept of Education", and points out its many flaws. He classifies the education system to be that of a "banking" system. Banking education refers to the learners being mere containers or vessels waiting to obediently be oppressively "filled" or "deposited" with information by their educators, the oppressors. The students, the "inanimate objects", are merely accepting and memorizing whatever content the teacher throws at them. Paulo Freire proposes an antithesis method that is based on reciprocal education in which he calls, the …show more content…
You guys are anxiously jotting down as much notes as you guys can as the teacher continuously lectures about the contents of the course via talking, writing, or drawing. Instead of discussing the materials with the students, the teacher is the only subject having any voice; "yet only through communication can human life hold meaning" (Freire 220). We, the students, would be nothing else but "receptors"; "instead of communicating, the teacher issues communiqués and makes deposits which the students patiently receive, memorize, and repeat." (Freire 216) To raise your hand and ask for help from the teacher is futile as the teacher would just turn you away to the textbooks to figure it out on your own; on top of that, the teacher will more than likely shame you for not paying better attention to the lecture materials and being an incompetent learner. Instead of being "with the world or with others" (Freire 219) where you are being proactive and contributing to the world, you are "merely in the world" (Freire 219) where you are only incoherently existing; “education is suffering from narration sickness” (Freire 216) I present to my readers, the class that resembles this unfortunate academic environment the most in my academic career, my high school class, Chemistry …show more content…
Not only did I flunk, but I also flunked to comprehend how my teacher is surprised at all that virtually all her students failed the class. Never in my academic career have I ever experienced such a strong "banking" course; the course was heavily dominated by its trivial and fruitless lecture contents. There are only right and wrong answers, no grey area or questions of "why". There was no depth, substance, or relevance to the "outside" world." The teacher chooses the program content, and the students (who were not consulted) adapt to it." (Freire 217) My teacher, being highly intelligent but lackluster, would simply deposit information to us straight out of the textbook as we just comply and mindlessly jot down notes via "Cornell notes" style without a single grasp of the lessons ' concepts. "Make sure you guys go home and look over your notes and relevant chapters for another weekly quiz next Monday" is a typical instruction my Chemistry AP teacher would say on a weekly basis. The class revolves around memorizing lecture materials and then regurgitating them and our teacher 's thoughts via tests, essays, etc. This is my typical Chemistry AP day. This type of academic atmosphere is unfortunately all too common in today 's class settings. I was a mere robot, just another pupil, thus feeling highly

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