Memorization Of Education

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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…
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 …show more content…
"The more students work at storing the deposits entrusted to them, the less they develop the critical consciousness which would result from their transformers of that world." (Freire 217) The "banking" method "attempts to control thinking and action, leads women and men to adjust to the world, and inhibits their creative power." (Freire 220) My Chemistry AP teacher did the thinking for us and imposed her thoughts on us implying that our minds are the lesser. There was no supply of any reciprocal learning to any extent. Who in the right mind would claim that a student 's canvas is blank and has nothing to offer or contribute to the academic environment? This seems to be an indirect tool utilized by the government to perpetuate an orderly society while disregarding the injustice in such a system. Being a learner through the "banking" method that my teacher utilized, either knowingly or unknowingly, really inhibited my enthusiasm, competence, and confidence to speak my mind and voice my own opinions and thoughts. This prevented me from developing a better understanding of myself and the world in which I live in. Achieving " authentic form of thought and action" (Freire 226), the ability for students to be able to think freely for themselves as opposed to being adaptive and easily influenced by their teachers ' outlook, in this academic environment my Chemistry AP teacher created was beyond

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