January 19, 2016
Teacher and Student Relationships
Understanding, The “banking” Concept of Education, can be accomplished in many ways. The understanding that I have, could be completely different from the person next to me, my parents, or from my teachers’ point of view. In the reading, Freire gives multiple examples of the different branches of the “banking” concept. He talks about the flaws that are in the current education system. Offering a different approach that he thinks will help with the teaching/learning problem in the current classroom. That problem being the limitation of “depositing” information by teachers to students. Rarely vice versa.
The concept of the “banking” method of teaching, doesn’t help a student truly grasp the concepts being taught. Freire says, “the assumption of a dichotomy between ...view middle of the document...
We are all observers in this world, teachers and students.
I feel that the banking concept is changing people into boxes. The empty boxes are getting filled up, but with very little retained in the end. The banking concept, is full of control and oppression trying to mold every other box into the exact same one with no ability to let the box break down and conceptualize the ideas- on its own. Every concept being put into the box is robotizing.
Reading further into Freire’s “banking” concept, on page 323, he begins to talk about “problem-posing” education. Which is basically, when both the student and teacher are equally engaged in enriching each other’s knowledge. Conversation and interaction between the student and teacher are very important in the classroom. I have had many teachers say that an interactive classroom is the only way to learn. Not only being interactive with the teacher but also, other students.
Part of learning is taking in other ideas and applying them to what you already know. It helps to round out the concept being thought of. Isn’t there always an authority figure (the teacher)? I always value what the teacher has to say because of the knowledge they have on the subject. However, deeming someone more knowledgeable over someone else is a slippery slope. Someone in that circumstance will always “know more” taking away from the equality of “problem-posing” education.
Reality is continuously changing along with our own versions of that reality. In order to have any progression as a human, it’s important to learn from the past, present and future. While taking what you know, and will know, and applying it to help your future grow. Not forgetting the lessons learned and the people who got you there is incredibly useful. Education is the foundation of which everything is built. I am a product of the “banking” concept and the product of “problem-posing” education. How I learn in the future and teach is up to me. I hope to continue to keep my mind open and apply my past knowledge to the future.