Lopez 1Jose G. Lopez SantiagoDr. James WatkinsEnglish 1068 September 2015Education in DeclineWhat if students actually are going to school to learn instead of having a good time? What if teachers and professors are willing to go against the cultural beliefs and decide to prepare their students for the challenges that they will encounter after they graduate? What if universities started to worry more about the educational needs of their students and started to worry less about their wants? Life is full of “what ifs”, but how incredible it would be if we all do what it is ask of us to do? Here I have been presented with two different ideas on the education system. The first was from Paulo Freire’s “Pedagogy of the Oppressed”, and the second one form Mark Edmundson’s article “On the Uses of a Liberal Education: As Lite Entertainment for Bored College Students”. Both authors have different ideas on the issues of theeducation system and at the same time they have some similarities. It is my intent to show you why I agree with both of the authors, to certain extent, and my own ideas on why we, as society, are failing today’s students and not preparing them for what is coming after they graduate from college.As we know Freire describes the education concept during his time as the “banking concept” (72). Freire’s disagreement with this concept consisted on the “ideology of oppression” (72) where “the teacher issues communiqués and makes deposits which the students patiently receive, memorize, and repeat” (72). The students were not able to exercise critical thinking.