The Hidden Dangers of "The Banking Concept of Education"

Through the use of propaganda and human submission to authority, the government can not only manipulate facts and persuade, but they can control public knowledge. Theorized by Paulo Freire, propaganda is fundamentally the banking concept of education, applied to governance (Freire, 2006) . Propaganda is the means by which selective information is “deposited” to the public, to be accepted as truth. The United States' banking system of education enables the successful use of propaganda.

Dangerously, the banking concept entitles the educator to rule over the student and for the student to accept this. In doing so, "the oppressor (the educator) possesses the wealth of knowledge and deposits only some of it into the 'account' of the oppressed (the student), thus always keeping the edge of power over the oppressed" (Freire, p.316-317). Through a greater application, the "oppressors," the government, relays selective information, in the form of propaganda, into the "account of the oppressed" society.

Like the banking system, maintaining “that the educator’s role is to regulate the way the world ‘enters into’ the students,” (Freire, p.322) governments regulate what their society knows through the use of propaganda techniques that “create messages which are persuasive, but false” (Techniques of propaganda generation, 2005).

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