Freires View of the Banking Concept Against Mine

Essay by mercerzCollege, Undergraduate September 2009

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Throughout my education I have experienced different ways in which teachers relate to students on different levels. I have had teachers that will be my best friends and teachers that don't even know my name. These different types of relationships are the reason that different methods of teaching are formed. Freire uses his essay to convey his feelings of the banking concept of education and the problem posing concept of education, which are two opposite teaching methods formed by the teacher student relationship. I see Freire's description of the banking concept of education as an extreme situation that would never occur in an actual classroom because students always form relationships with the teacher. Freire although says that in the banking concept students are just filled with the information and that no relationship is necessary. His problem posing view on the issue is to the other extreme, a free way of learning.

I see this as an out of control method that would not give the students enough structure to learn the necessary material. His views on the problem posing method are that people can learn from just freedom and interaction, but I believe it needs structure and a base.

The banking concept of education according to this essay describes students as mindless beings who live with the world but not in it. According to me students are never taught without connecting to the person teaching them. An experience of the banking concept I have encountered was with a calculus teacher who taught like a robot. Mr. Key never changed his daily teaching routine and would make students go through the same exercises every day. He would also never let students speak because each student was seen as a piece to the group. Students did not have individuality in his...