Overview In Chapter 2 of Pedagogy of the Oppressed, his landmark 1968 treatise o

In Chapter 2 of Pedagogy of the Oppressed, his landmark 1968 treatise on how to teach, the Brazilian educator Paulo Freire (1921-1997) contends that many teachers–knowingly or unknowingly–use what he describes as “the banking system of education.” They require students to memorize information but not think critically (ask questions) about the information. In other words, students’ minds are treated like bank accounts into which teachers “deposit” information. Freire contends that this banking system of education is “the very negation of their [students’] ontological vocation to be more fully human” (Chap. 2).
Note: What does “ontology” mean? Ontology is the study of the nature of our existence and all that seems to exist with us. It deals with questions about why and how the individual, others, and things may exist in addition to why and how they are similar or different, seeking to group people and things into categories. If we as human beings have an ontological vocation, then our job is to practice critical inquiry about everyone and everything–including ourselves. Our job is to be critical thinkers.
In 500 words (two pages), share your thoughts about Freire’s contention (claim); in your experience, do many teachers use the banking system of operation? If so, is this a good or a bad thing? Explain how you think students should be taught. Hm. How should I teach this class? Any ideas?

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