A brief analysis of “The Banking Concept of Education”
There have always been numerous theories in relationship to the inadequacy of our education system here in the United States, as well as elsewhere in the world. The education of our children does not seem to be working and ahs also become a very complex and confusing subject, as many immigrants move into the country requiring special language instruction, unnecessary classes such as art and music are removed, adequate funding for materials is harder to obtain, and children live in fear of violence within their classrooms. These are the main concerns of the educational system today, but these may well not be the real problems within the schools. It may be that education has never allowed children to think for themselves, and the problems we are experiencing today are hard felt due to the fact that correct education was not implemented long ago. The subject of inadequate education is the subject of Paulo Freire’s essay “The ‘Banking’ Concept of Education.” While he does not address the specific realities previously mentioned, the finger he points at the method of educating clearly indicates that this may well be a reality in our country, as well as others.
The teacher is intent on giving the student information in a certain pattern, never truly demonstrating any enlightenment on their part. " He illustrates how the teachers come tot he education system, intent on filling the childrens"tm heads with all the information they assume the children don"tmt know. It is highly unlikely that any communist system would encourage enlightenment and consciousness in relationship to children thinking and contributing in an intelligent manner. In addition, the fact that there is a heavy communist influence also illustrates some of the banking methods, for communism is a highly controlling system of government. But in offering the most effective method of moving from the obvious banking mold, he claims that "one does not liberate men by alienating them," indicating that these individuals who see his reasoning would do well to clearly attempt to change the education system, rather than openly oppose them, as is seen in many cases involving education where groups instill their own methods in a very alienating manner. Children are not taught to be individuals and they are not taught to think for themselves. From everything that was evident in the essay, it can easily be stated that Freire is very accurate in his theories and ideas. This can be seen in many Christian schools as well as in home schooling, which is seen, by the majority of the society, as an incredibly alienating and self gratifying mode of education. the teacher chooses the program content, and the students (who were not consulted) adapt to it;i. Freire continues in this vein and thoroughly illustrates how these assumptions truly are a part of most educational systems. the teacher teaches and the students are taught;b. Hong Kong offers a prime example of such banking education practices today. While the past educational system of Hong Kong may well have been different, today there is a very heavy communist influence which has greatly effected the education system.