The Banking Concept of Education

“The Banking Concept of Education,” ascertained by Freire, and used nationwide in the United States, was based on observation of education. In examining the education system, Freire noticed that students are trained to “memorize mechanically” (Freire, p.319) all information deposited by the teacher. Thus, the masses are not learning but merely retaining facts. They gain no knowledge, for as Freire stated, “knowledge emerges only through invention and reinvention, through restless impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry men pursue in the world, and with each other” (Freire, p.319). Instead, information is accepted and retained, without processing the data.

From a Teacher's Point of View

Trisha M. Kannan: MA Candidate, English, University of Florida

Is the Banking Concept of Education occurring?

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Why hasn't this problem been resolved?

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What is knowledge?

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