Essay about Education Reform

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Have you ever had a teacher you really enjoyed? Why did you enjoy him? For most people it is because the teacher interacted with the student and made them feel involved in the learning process. As Carl Jung puts it: “One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.” (para. 249).
This situation has proved true in my educational experiences, with the most positive experience stemming from a Public Policy professor that I really enjoyed. I learned more knowledge in a few weeks
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The first is the "banking method," which describes the current status of education and Freire exposes the faults of the system. The banking method is characterized by the relationship between the student and his teacher. Teachers deposit knowledge in the students and "his task is to ‘fill’ the students with the contents of his narration." (Freire 212) Students are dehumanized and are compared to objects. Freire describes them as "containers" and "receptacles to be ‘filled’ by the teacher." (Freire 213) The students are considered to be absolutely ignorant, while the "teacher presents himself to be their necessary opposite." (Freire 213)
The second method Freire proposes is his solution to the banking method is called the "problem posing method." In this method "the teacher is no longer merely the-one-who-teaches, but one who is himself taught in dialogue with the students, who in turn while being taught also teach." (Freire 218) The students and teachers work together as "coinvestigators" in which the teacher gives the students "materials" for their "consideration," and the teacher "reconsiders" his own considerations as the students express their feelings. This situation causes the students to "feel increasingly challenged and obligated to

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