Critical Pedagogy: Education re-imagined

The traditional style of education termed as the banking concept of education by Freire provides students with a fragmented static view of reality. Students are assumed to know nothing, and their function is limited to receiving and storing the narrations thrown their way. There are two main problems with this style. First, it wrongly assumes the universe is a static distinct list of objects and rules that can be cataloged next to each other and deposited into someone’s mind. On the contrary, one can only understand the universe through experimental interactions and continuously updated assumptions. Second, not considering the student as having a unique point of view or a taste for adventure, and talking about reality as if it were motionless, static, and completely predictable takes a toll on the students’ critical thinking, and gives them a distorted view of reality and a passive role in the society.

Living in a world that is in a state of flux and constant change, the worst thing one could be is overly rigid. Students may eventually discover in their life that their instructed way of thinking has been in play to oppress them and it is irreconcilable with their nature and the nature of constantly transforming things around them. Many such people may find it impossible to continue to live in a society that limits the freedom of expression and opinion. With the brightest minds leaving society, it is going to be left with obedient easily dominated members.

If everybody blindly conforms to some role pushed upon them and adapt to whatever situation is thrown their way, there would not be enough motivation for anyone to push the boundaries of science and reform the current way of thinking. Such a society cannot thrive long-term and will lose its competitive edge.

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3 Responses to Critical Pedagogy: Education re-imagined

  1. Logan Perry says:

    I think you raise an important point regarding the need for critical thinking. A critical approach allows us to recognize the oppressively structures present in society. To combat systemic issues, people must have the ability to recognize them and take an active role in dismantling them. As educators, it is our responsibility to help students develop these skills – we can’t perpetuate the fragmented, stagnant view of reality that is so common in education. Thanks for your post!

  2. alisafi says:

    Thanks for sharing your interesting perspectives! you have mentioned the downfalls of an obedient and static thinking style from both the individuals’ and the society’s perspective. At the individual level, absolute obedience could lead to a mental breakdown, when one finds out that he/she has been blind in their entire life. At the societal level, a state that kills the creativity and critical thinking in its members will eventually stop growing intellectually, leading towards the downward spiral of misery and desperation. As said by Henri Bergson, “for a conscious being, to exist is to change” and true change is only possible in the light of freedom of thought.

  3. aralvarez says:

    Hello, thank you for sharing this. I think students’ opinions, and thoughts are really important and valuable teaching experience to be included. I agree, and I think it’s wrong to exclude us from the learning environment. Alexandria Rossi Alvarez

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