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Paulo Friere The Banking Concept of Education

Education is a topic that can be explored in many ways. Education is looked at in depth by both Richard Rodriguez in his essay, The Achievement of Desire, and by Paulo Freire in his essay, The Banking Concept of Education. After reading both essays, one can make some assumptions about different methods of education and exactly by which method Rodriguez was taught. The types of relationships Rodriguez had with his teachers, family and in life were affected by specific styles of education. Based on Freires essay, The Banking Concept of Education, there are two types of education styles. We will use these educational styles to look at how they affected Rodriguezs relationships. The first type is referred to as a banking education. In this type of education, information is deposited into students by their teachers. Education thus becomes an act of depositing, in which the students are the depositories and the teacher is the depositor. Instead of communicating, the teacher issues communiqus and makes deposits which the students patiently receive, memorize, and repeat (Freire 213). In this method of education, according to Freire, students never think critically or develop ideas. The second type of education is labeled problem-posing. Freire makes it very clear that he is an advocate of the problem-posing method of education. He believes in encourages communication and better comprehension of what the students are learning. Yet only through communication can human life hold meaningthe teacher cannot think for his students, nor can he impose his thought on them (Freire 216). Freire argues that the only real form of education is one in which communication and understanding are pertinent. According to Freires labels, Rodriguez had a banking concept educational experience. The idea that information is deposited from a teacher into a student fits the majority of Rodriguezs educational experiences. As a young child, Rodriguez feel...

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