The Misinformation of Our Education System

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The education system in America lacks the communicational connection. In the essay “The Banking Concept of Education,” Paulo Freire relates his personal experiences of oppression in his native country. Freire argues there are two types of conceptual tools; Banking concept of education and problem posting method. In the tradition type of education, however, the teacher stores the information the student listens. The goal of banking education was to immobilize the student within the existing structure, conditioning them into memorize the materials. I felt the ability to overcome the fear of memorize lessons. In a sense, we all are a result of “banking” education. Freire concept of education, he conveys the student do not think for themselves. I feel a student should have the initiative to ask questions until they receive a greater understanding then the knowledge is learn rather than just delivered. He also writes on the problem posting method when the student listens and the teacher are the narrator. This method leads the student to memorize the teacher content. I feel, the more engaged the teacher is about the material the more the student is also engaged. The education becomes a “communion” between participants in a dialogue; rather than a one sided opposition. The oppressed must test their own internalization or the oppressed will not think for them.
Students can’t learn much just by memorization and repeating what they see or hear. Freire used the example “four times four is sixteen; the capital of Para is Belem.” We learn to memorize these things and not making ourselves aware of what these thing really mean or learning the significance of the words we are taught to remember. I agree with this because throughout my early schooling as a student I felt like I was required to just copy or say the material without really understanding what I was copying or…...

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