Mark Edmundson And Paulo Freire

915 WordsApr 5, 20164 Pages
Although Mark Edmundson and Paulo Freire believe that a higher form of education such as, a stronger teaching ethics, deeper understanding, and more passionate students is needed to correct the issues at hand. In their essay they both adopt a different style to present tis idea. Paulo Freire wants the individual to form himself rather than be formed. To this end, he proposes that educational topics or opportunities be taken from the daily experience the individual constantly encounters and avoid the current educational pitfall of resorting to artificial experiences. While, Edmundson is trying to show how education has change due to the leak of consumerism into universities. Edmundson acknowledge his own conformity and promise to change back to what he thinks will make a good class and challenge his students to think on another level. Paulo Freire dwells on the idea that a teacher’s task is to simplify “fill” a student’s mind. He describes the banking concept as a habitual learning process where the teachers oppress the knowledge that they considered important on the student by supplying the student with the material and not given them the opportunity to question the material presented. Freire states; that “In the banking concept of education, knowledge is a gift bestowed by those who considered themselves knowledgeable upon those whom they considered to know nothing. Projecting an absolute ignorance onto others, a characteristic of the ideology of oppression, negates
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