The Banking Concept Of Education Essay

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For most of us living in the 21st century, we have spent the majority of our childhood in a classroom. People usually have the same overall educational experience in the way of having teachers, homework, tests and spending hours studying. We could agree that the method of our education has also been the same; listening, note taking, memorizing, and hoping to God that we did not just bomb our most recent test. What if someone told us in high school that this grueling and boring process was all wrong? Well, this is exactly what, Paulo Freire, a Brazilian educator and philosopher, proposes in his essay, “The Banking Concept of Education.” Freire argues “banking education” stunts and discourages critical thinking and creativity. I would disagree with his position on “banking education” and maintain that it has endless advantages. There are many holes in his arguments and the solution he provides is vague and without proof or examples. While some portions of Freire’s argument deserve merit, I contend that his problems with the banking system are exaggerated and false. I would argue that not only is the banking system effective, but it also promotes the benefits that Freire claims it discourages. In Freire’s essay, “The Banking Concept of Education”, he explains the problems and dangers of schools using a “banking system.” The “banking concept” is a form of education where the teacher gives students information and the students are expected to read and memorize it. There

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