Have You Ever Been A Student, And You Think The Teacher

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Have you ever been a student, and you think the teacher is just talking to hear themselves talk? Do you feel yourself being filled with information you will never use in the “Real World”? These questions have been asked many times and by many people. The school system in the United States is changing from the foundation to the top. The school system has failed many students by their teaching methods and the textbooks students are forced to use. People such as Paulo Freire PhD have observed countless hours of good teaching and bad teaching methods. Freire observed and wrote about the different methods of teaching that are being used and was well known for his theories on education. His most noteworthy work was “Pedagogy of the…show more content…
Freire presents that “reflection” is a positive objective and that it would encompass both students and teachers learning from one another. He writes, “Education must begin with the solution of the teacher-student contradiction, by reconciling the poles of the contradiction so that both are simultaneously teachers and students” (p. 257). A time where I recall being “conscious with consciousness” would be my sophomore year of high school, when one of my teachers was very arrogant and assumed that he was superior to his students. This caused me to feel ignorant at times for asking questions. This is not the type of learning environment which Freire encourages. When Freire compares himself to the objects on his desk, he does so by mainly stating, “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” (p. 260). When he links this generalization to the coffee cups and books on his desk, he explains that you can only enter consciousness (as opposed to just being accessible to it) by realizing the true connection between yourself and everything around you. Freire uses “alienation” to illustrate the partition of roles of the teacher and student and “praxis” to describe possible relatable solutions. For example, he writes (about teachers who distance themselves from their

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