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IGE 120H - Reader Response 5 The Pedagogy of the Opressed

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Lloyd 1 S. Lloyd Professor Fernandez IGE 120H Fall, 2008 Reader Response to The Pedagogy of the Oppressed What does the opinion expressed in Paulo Freire’s “banking” education metaphor really say about modern society and the disenfranchised? Freire begins Chapter Two of his novel “Pedagogy of the Oppressed,” by analyzing the teacher-student relationship that is characteristic of the Socratic/Lecture Teaching Methods. Freire refers to these teaching methods as “the banking concept of education,” where the students are considered empty bank accounts just passively and robotically waiting to be filled with deposits from the omniscient professors. (1) While at first, the metaphor seems novel, upon closer inspection, Friere is making a bold and controversial statement about the current power-hungry and oppressive social construct. A system designed and manufactured by the wealthy in order to polarize the divergent social classes and maintain the status quo. But all is not lost, there is a light at the end of the tunnel-the light of communication. I apologize for the dramatics, but I have a deep personal connection with Freire’s beliefs about the true healing powers of communication.
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