Freire's Banking Model and My Goals for Education

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Freire Banking Model and my Goals for Education The past educational experiences I've had that led me to UWB have been a dissatisfaction with the banking model of education. Freire is indeed correct that the banking model is demoralizing to both the teacher and the student, and does a tremendous disservice in the task of getting the student prepared to engage in the world. "The teacher talks about reality as if it were motionless, static, compartmentalized and predictable. Or else he expounds on a topic completely alien to the existential experience of the students. His task is to 'fill' the students with the content of his narration contents which are detached from reality, disconnected from the totality that engendered them and could give them significance. Words are emptied of their concreteness and become hollow, alienated, and alienating verbosity" (Freire, 71). This is precisely the type of experience that I had in the traditional educational arena which led me to both reject this model of teaching, and push me to find an institution that also rejects this model, like UWB. Earlier, in life my parents were in charge of my education and they generally selected schools for me which were considered "good" located in safe neighborhoods and with reasonably satisfactory test scores for the school at large. Schools like that generally mediocre and run of the mill thrive on the banking model of education and believe that the student's job is to "learn" facts via
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