Creativity In Education

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After reading the essay by Freire and the essay by Rodriquez, you might develop the opinion that Freire and Rodriquez have different views on the importance of creativity in education; however, you would be wrong. In all actuality, Freire and Rodriquez share a core understanding that creativity is a vital component of education, but they do differ in how they go about in declaring that creativity is important. Freire clearly states that creativity is important; Rodriquez is more subtle in disclosing to you that creativity is important. Without reading the Rodriquez essay meticulously, you might not pick up on the hints that he left behind. In the essay “The ‘Banking’ Concept of Education” Paulo Freire clearly states that without creativity education isn’t worth much. The banking style of education is to submit to the will of your teacher without questioning what they are trying to impose upon you. Paulo Freire goes as far as comparing the banking style of education to captors programming slaves. Without creativity, you do not know why or how something works. You may know that the sun produces a lot of heat or that it takes eight minutes for light from the sun to reach Earth; however, you can’t say why it takes eight minutes for light from the sun to reach Earth. The only way to gain true knowledge of something is through the use of dialogue. “Through dialogue, the teacher-of-the-students and the students-of-the-teacher cease to exist and a new term emerges: teacher-student with students-teachers. The teacher is no longer merely the-one-who-teaches, but one who is himself taught in dialogue with the students, who in turn while being taught also teach. They become jointly responsible for a process in which all grow.” This quote that Paulo Feire used in his essay is a perfect way of showing just how important Paulo Freire believed creativity to be. Dialogue is an
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