Banking Concept Education Review Essay example

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June 29, 2013 Freirean Interpretation of My Partner’s Story In the essay “The “Banking” Concept of Education”, Paulo Freire reviews the dominant and popular concept of education, the “banking” model of education. In this approach to education, students are only able to listen to the teacher and memorize what teacher says, including facts, formulas, disciplines, etc. They do what the teacher requires, without question. In this relationship, students and teachers are not equal. The teacher is the person who dominates the entire class and has absolute authority. The students are the audience – they cannot have their own opinions but recenive their teachers’ “narration.” It is not difficult to imagine the scene: students like bank accounts…show more content…
Sometimes I find I am a doll and do what other said. I lost my mind and I cannot express my opinion because I become shy (Yang 1). As we can see, the “banking” model of education caused a psychic trauma on my partner which was difficult to heal. According to her experience, the “banking” model of education is inhuman and seriously discourages the students’ passion for exploring, and their perceptions of the world can only be given by their teachers. This is described as “consciousness” in Freire’s essay: Implicit in the “banking” concept is the assumption of a dichotomy between human beings and the world: a person is merely in the world, not with the world or with others; the individual is spectator, not re-creator. In this view, the person is not a conscious being (corpo consciente); he or she is rather the possessor of a consciousness: an empty "mind" passively open to the reception of deposits of reality from the world outside. For example, my desk, my books, my coffee cup, all the objects before me—as bits of the world which surrounds me—would be "inside" me, exactly as I am inside my study right now. This view makes no distinction between being accessible to consciousness and entering consciousness. The distinction, however, is essential: the objects which surround me are simply accessible to my consciousness, not located within it. I am aware of them, but they are not inside me (Freire 321). It’s not difficult
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