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Pedagogy Of The Oppressed
Has it ever crossed your
mind that maybe our education system may be leading us to become lifeless, creative-less individuals? Teachers are taking
life and taking the life out of it. They are trying to teach life but the approach is disconnecting reality by turning the
learning situation into a narrative essay. Words that we used to use make life colorful are now white noise. The narrative
essay in which today’s teachers seems to be their preferred method of choice. This learning style forces the students
to memorize and store the information like a container being filled with a substance. Simply a storage unit, where it can
be taken out when later needed. Rather than having a two way communication learning style between the teacher and students,
the teacher force feeds the students the information at a rapid speed so that they can move to the next topic.
“Knowledge is a gift
bestowed by those who consider themselves knowledgeable upon those whom they consider to know nothing.” That quote in
the article hits the hammer on the head of the nail. The teacher- student relationship is the same way; the teacher knows
everything and the students don’t know anything. They made some very good examples that I will directly use from the
article in a list below:
- The teacher teaches and the students are taught
- The teacher knows everything and the students know nothing
- The teacher thinks and the students are thought about
- The teacher speaks and the students
- The teacher disciplines and the students are disciplined
- The teacher chooses and enforces his choice, and the students comply
- The teacher acts and the students have the illusion of acting through the action of the teacher
teacher chooses the program content, and the students (who were not consulted) adapt to it
- The teacher confuses the authority of knowledge with his or her own professional authority,
which she and he sets in the opposition to the freedom of the students.
- The teacher is the Subject of the learning process while the pupils are mere objects.
The perfect student is one that complies with all the above, and follows the very specific
formula and doesn’t think for themselves. Hello, look at our government. The more teachers can oppress their students,
the easier they can dominate them and have them work for them as if they were puppets. Sometimes it works, and sometimes students
figure out exactly what is going on and break out and challenge the teachers and dominate them.
Oppression is an overwhelming
control that is fed off the love of death and not by life. Oppression, is like “the root of all evil”, if I may
say. It controls everything we do, in a negative way, or in a controlled way. Education has decided that that is the way that
they wish to “run the world” because according to them there is one specific formula for success. Those who run against our education system win my vote. But to be able to that they have to be willing
to be very liberal and few us as not conscious beings of the world, but being conscious that we are conscious of ourselves.
We must use creativity, and be critical analyzers to challenge ourselves as well as the educators, that in a way are brain
washing us and turning us into life-less, robot like creatures.
Problem posing education
focuses on creativity and stimulates our brains. I think it forces us to think. It changes the perspective of the world compared
to those that are in a banking education situation. It makes us teach ourselves and our educators. There is no specific formula,
just the one that works best for you. It also helps with awareness because you are the one making the decisions, not the teachers
The thesis of Freire’s
article is that of his key points I listed above directly from the article: The teacher teaches and the students are taught,
the teacher knows everything and the students know nothing, the teacher thinks and the students are thought about
the teacher speaks and the students listen…meekly, the teacher disciplines and
the students are disciplined, the teacher chooses and enforces his choice, and the students comply, the teacher acts and the
students have the illusion of acting through the action of the teacher, The teacher
chooses the program content, and the students (who were not consulted) adapt to it, the teacher confuses the authority of
knowledge with his or her own professional authority, which she and he sets in the opposition to the freedom of the students,
the teacher is the Subject of the learning process while the pupils are mere objects. This is honestly how the United States
education program is being ran, and it is scary, but for the few that realize what a flipping joke the banking system is they
are the ones breaking the mold and making a difference.