How A Contemporary Charter School Solved

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How a Contemporary Charter School Solved the Problem of a Hidden Agenda in Education It is not surprising that schools catering to a wealthier demographic are better than schools in which the students are poorer, or that those students are being taught the skills needed for higher-paying professions. The difference in teaching methods from school to school is what is surprising. Students from lower class families have been oppressed by a social and educational system which strives to dominate them and keep them complacent so that they are unable to change their status in the social hierarchy. By not having the same expectations of students from a lower social class as there are for more affluent students, the system makes them unsure of their ability to succeed and denies them the skills in which to do so. This essay will examine articles from two educational theorists to show how a contemporary charter school has managed to empower their students and obtain unusually high success rates in spite of the social standing of their students. In Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Brazilian teacher and educational reformer, Paulo Freire defined two concepts of education: “the banking system” (209), in which students are “dehumanized” (212) and seen as “containers” (210) into which knowledge is deposited, and the problem-posing system, in which students and teachers participate in a dialogue in order to create knowledge together. “In the banking concept of education, knowledge is a gift…

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