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Is the banking concept of education oppressive

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Started: 4/3/2013 Category: Philosophy
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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tdurk

Pro

I disagree with the banking concept of education. What makes us human is our ability to think and use our brain. But what happens when our thinking ability is taken away from us and we are forced to accept whatever is presented to us and follow it. This is what is addressed in "Pedagogy of the Oppressed." The banking concept also takes away the power of students imagination. Students pay a whole lot of money to be educated, so they should have the right to speak up or ask the teacher questions whenever they feel like it. This way they can learn at a deeper level.
Corsettoe

Con

I disagree with you i do not think the banking concept of education is in any way oppressive but much of the opposite. The banking concept of education will educate students on subjects that are main subjects in everyday life. People need to have common knowledge to communicate in America today and the banking concept will help educate students in the correct manner. "What she calls knowledge i call cultural literacy, namely, the network of information that all competent readers possess. it is the background information,stored in their minds, that enables them to take up a newspaper and read it with an adequate level of comprehension, getting the point, grasping the implications, relating what they read to the unstated context which alone gives meaning to what they read.(1.3) It will educate students on topics that they will need to know, background information on and fully understand it. You need to learn the information and history on topics before you can use the topics and information in a correct manner. You need to comprehend the things you are reading and have context of what is going on and fully understand the concept before you can do anything with it.
Debate Round No. 1
tdurk

Pro

The educators must deposit knowledge into these students that know nothing. This reinforces lack of critical thinking and the students own knowledge which then leads to oppression. Students are just passive absorbers of information which dehumanizes them because like i said previously, what makes us human is our ability to think and use our brains, but the banking concept of education makes us lack that ability and forces us to just sit there and take in what is being presented to us which makes the students the oppressed and the teachers the authority.
Corsettoe

Con

The banking concept in no way is putting any students at harm with critical thinking. This way of learning will expand the minds of the children in America to sujects that they should know about and be fimilar with growing up to better their lives in the future. Children go to school to learn information from teachers, they are there because they want to be educated by the person who has studied to perform this task in the correct way. In every school, they teach the same class but different information is taught varying from school to school. All schools should go by the same guideline so everyone is learning the most important information and has common knowledge of important topics. The banking concept will help this get done. As Hirsch states, "Those who graduate from the same school have often studied different subjects, and those who graduate from different schools have often studied different material even when their courses have carried the same titles."(8.1) This method of teaching will relive us of this problem and will present the same material throughout education so everyone is learning correctly and the correct information that should be presented to help the student be at their best when they graduate. This is best for the students in America, they need to be educated on certain topics for their everyday life and to further their education.
Debate Round No. 2
tdurk

Pro

Students are not being properly educated by just sitting in the classroom and absorbing all of this information at once. Most students have similar questions on the top of their minds once absorbing a bunch of information being presented or basically thrown at them. Without questions, there can be confusion or misinterpretation going on. Communication is a big part of learning the proper way. Discussing ideas is what makes us human. This is the way that we can enact change in this world. Therefore a liberating educational method should be used in the classroom. Education denies that man is abstract, isolated, independent, and unattached to the world. The banking concept of education maintains and stimulates the contradiction through attitudes and practices which mirror oppressive society as a whole. Freire states, "The teacher teaches and the students are taught, the teacher knows everything and the students know nothing"(1.8). This indicates that the teacher is the subject of the learning process, while the pupils are just mere objects. Freire also mentions, "Knowledge is a gift bestowed by those who consider themselves knowledgeable upon those whom consider to know nothing. Projecting an absolute ignorance onto others, a charateristic of the ideology of oppression, negates education and knowledge as a process of inquiry"(1.6). The concept of the banking theory involves too much power for one side being the teachers while at the same time neglecting the other side of the students.
Corsettoe

Con

As my opponent stated "Communication is a big part of learning the proper way. Discussing ideas is what makes us human. This is the way that we can enact change in this world." Using this method of teaching will not hold back the students from communication in anyway it will just enhance the method of teaching. The subjects that will be discussed will be main subjects and they will not only bring new ideas to the table but this will broaden our youths mind of topics and information that should be provided to them. The student is not witheld from asking questions or communicating with the teacher in any way, shape, or form. Also, this method will leave no student uneducated. It will give them the education they need to further their lives. In America social classes reguard the area you live in and it will also affect the school system in town. No school no matter what class the town is will be left behind, all of the schools will be taught the same information in the same set of classes so all students are receiving the knowledge they deserve.By using this type of learning style, no child will be uneducated. Everyone will be taught the knowledge that will be useful in his or her life no matter where they are or come from in America and what social class they are. As Hirsch states, "Literate culture is the most democratic culture in our land; it exculdes nobody; it cuts across generations and social groups and classes; it is not usually one's first culture, but it should be everyone's second, existing as it does beyond the narrow spheres of family, neighborhood and region." Overall, this is the best way to educate our students today. No child will be left behind no matter what social class they are. All of the students in America will be learning important information that will only better their lives in the end.
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