The Banking Concept

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According to Paulo Freire, "Education is suffering from narration sickness." Students are given information, and they are expected to memorize the information, this is known as the banking concept. If the students only memorize the information, are they even learning what the information truly means or are they just memorizing the information long enough to take a test? The "Banking" Concept of Education is not only ineffective but also contributes to students suffering with the inability to think for themselves and creatively. In his essay, The "Banking" Concept of Education, Paulo Freire basically states that education is simply just a teacher who lectures all class period, filling the student's memory with information, and he or she merely accepts that the information is correct. Students are not to challenge the teacher; hypothetically, they are to follow the teacher blindly. Freire informs us of two completely different concepts of education. Throughout the essay, Freire questions the "banking" concept, but still provide equal and fair support for the concept. However, in the essay, he nearly proposes that the concept of "problem-posing" is the solution to satisfy both teacher and student. Freire states: "Whereas banking education anesthetizes and inhibits creative power, problem-posing education involves a constant unveiling or reality. The former attempts to maintain the submersion of consciousness; the latter strives for the emergence of consciousness and critical intervention in reality." I believe that the overall purpose of the text persuades people to understand that the current concept of teaching hinders students' ability to rely on themselves to come up with the answer. I believe that Freire achieved his goal of explaining both concepts, you can clearly understand that he is against the idea of the banking concept and wishes to replace it with the

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