(2008, 02-29) English Essay 2

(2008, 02-29) English Essay 2 - Ahmed 1 For centuries,...

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Ahmed 1 For centuries, education has been regarded as an essential part of a person’s life. There have been many theories and opinions on how the education process should be. What roles do the students and teachers have? Paulo Freire discusses this issue in his essay “The ‘Banking’ Concept of Education.” He feels that students’ creative power is minimized and teachers are “depositing” information in their minds, thus comparing education to banking processes. He even included a list of how the current education system is structured, calling it the attitudes and practices of banking education. Examples of some ideas on this list include: the teacher teachers and the students are taught and the teacher act and the students have the illusion of acting through the action of the teacher. (Freire 258) Freire uses these ideas and implies that banking education places students in a situation where they are taught only what teachers feel that they are supposed to learn. There is no room for creativity and students are “oppressed” and not able to change the world (Freire 258). His inclusion of these two items is warranted due to the fact that education, since the beginning days of a child’s schooling, makes students learn only what the teacher is teaching, because the teacher is the superior and he or she knows best. With President George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the opinions of Malcolm X, and the apparent differences in the educational system based on financial income of families, focusing more on utilizing problem solving education rather than strictly “banking” education is the successful way to improve education. On January 8 th , 2002, President George W. Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act. With substantial information found on the NCLB website, his law is based on four principles, including “accountability for results, more choices for parents, greater local control and flexibility, and an emphasis on doing what works based on scientific research” (U.S
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Ahmed 2 Department of Education). This act has the federal government determining what works for the student by getting involved with schools and deciding what kind of education students receive. State legislators now have to make sure students are properly learning and schools are passing the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), which determines whether a school is making sure that no child is indeed left behind. The AYP is determined by “the minimum level of proficiency that the state, its school districts, and schools must achieve each year on annual tests and related academic indicators”. If the school does not achieve this minimum level, then the school is defined as “needing improvement” and subject to a takeover or complete reorganization of the school (U.S Department of Education). The last principle, doing what works based on scientific research, is exactly what Paulo
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