The Banking Concept Of Education Analysis

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Paulo Freire's "The Banking Concept of Education" talks about education as being an act of oppression to students as it does not allow students to be liberated (Freire 75). This directly correlates to David Foster Wallace's "This is Water" in education students are not often taught how to think differently causing them to fall into a default setting meaning that they are self-centered and interpret everything through their own lens. (Wallace 2) This lack of a liberating education can be a result of an educator who they themselves has fallen into the default setting which causes a never-ending cycle. As a student who has gone through the thirteen traditional years of public education and a year and a half of higher education, I have had a lot…show more content…
Lenny Klein was truly a one of a kind teacher. On the first day of class he does not go over a syllabus but instead makes it a goal to connect with his students on a personal level. After making connections Mr. Klein shares his unusual story of how he became a teacher. Mr. Klein graduated from UConn's business school to be an accountant. He went on to work at a former "Big Five" accounting firm called Arthur Anderson, until he realized he absolutely hating waking up to go to work in the morning. He then decided to go back to school and got a teaching certification. He shared with us that teaching makes him so incredibly happy that he could never see himself going on to do anything else. This is truly a one in a million story as it that the "day in, and day out" (Wallace 3) should be something that you should be happy doing which is a lesson that students do not get hear often. Many students go to college with a major for a job…show more content…
Klein's classroom is one in a million as he loves to engage with his students instead of just talking at us all the time, some days if he was in a playful mood he would do his signature trick of high jumps (he could jump from the floor to the top of the desk and out of the several times of seeing him do it he never fell), and somedays Mr. Klein simply wanted to toss the curriculum out of the window and would have a mental health day for the class filled with discussions about life lessons and inspirational videos about how to live a happy life. In Paulo Freire's "The Banking Concept of Education" he describes the relationship between students and teachers as very one sided with the teacher being the narrator and the student being a patient listening object. (Freire 71) Mr. Klein broke this common classroom environment by making it a goal to connect with his students and educate them on things outside of the "narrated content" (Freire 72) of the
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