January 30, 2015
Response to “The ‘Banking’ Concept of Education”
In response to Freire’s essay, I will be stating what I think is the best concept for education and why I agree or disagree with Freire. What if education today was fully based upon the banking concept? Would education be the same with or without the banking concept, even with the higher level of education? Age groups, the level of education a student is in, and the way that he or she learns intertwines with both problem-posing and the banking concept. I personally think that the banking concept and the problem-posing concept have negative and positive results.
My thoughts on the banking concept contradict one another, because it has elements that do not relate to certain age groups but it also has great points about education. I ...view middle of the document...
Freire says, “In problem-posing education, people develop their power to perceive critically the way they exist in the world with which and in which they find themselves” (pg. 224). This quote is stating that students are able to be creative, opinionated, and more interactive with the teacher. Hands-on learning can play a huge role in education due to the fact that many students have a different way of learning. Hands-on learning can teach students to explore their creativity and become more active with the teacher. As a college student, listening and taking notes without interacting with the teacher can make me be less attentive. I think that Freire’s point of the problem-posing concept was to say that the teacher should give students more time to express themselves.
As I proceeded to read the essay, I began to think that Freire’s concept was better than the banking concept because of his use of diction. His use of diction explains that everything about the banking concept is done wrong and that everything that comes from this concept is negative. Freire explained what is done right in the problem-posing concept instead of how it would be done. I think that he used certain diction to uplift his concept, because he was totally against the banking concept. I agree and disagree with both of the concepts because there are some great points and reasoning in both, but there are also things that could be more specific in the concepts.
Freire’s essay made me realize that education today has a mixture of both concepts. Although I do not fully agree with either of the concepts, I do think that Freire made great points about both of them. Education should be explored through both concepts because of age and the level of knowledge students may have.
Freire, Paulo. “The Banking Concept of Education”. Ways of Reading. Ed. David Bartholomae and Anthony Petrosky.th ed. Boston: Bedford Books, 1996. 214-27.