Banking Concept of Education Essay

685 Words Apr 21st, 2013 3 Pages
Banking Concept of Education
Philosopher and educator Paulo Freire once said, “Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.” In Freire’s work of “the Banking Concept of Concept”, he describes how the education system is failing to help student find success in the real world as well as it provides a framework for the “teachers” to oppress the “students” through the distribution of power.
The “banking Concept of Education”
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The oppressors act upon any attempt to chance this system as this situation is quite beneficial, “The oppressors use their "humanitarianism" to preserve a profitable situation. Thus they react almost instinctively against any experiment in education which stimulates the critical faculties and is not content with a partial view of reality but always seeks out the ties which link one point to another and one problem to another.” (Freire 9)
Freire shifts his focus to talk about the current consciousness state of the students. The consciousness of the students is the key to keeping them oppressed, by being able to change their consciousness it makes the students easier to control.
To solve the problem plaguing the education system, Freire offers a solution which involves a “problem-posing education”. In this system the roles of teachers and students become mixed and left more open to interpretation. Both the teacher and student actively participate in effective communication to gain an understanding of the information being taught instead of just memorization. According to Freire, “Knowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention, through the restless, impatient,…