The Banking Concept Of Education


This reading is from: PEDAGOGY OF THE OPPRESSED by Paulo Freire. . In the banking concept of education, knowledge is a gift bestowed by those who .

The Audacity of Hope: The Banking Concept of Education


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In the banking concept of education, knowledge is a gift bestowed by thosewho consider themselves knowledgeable upon those whom they consider to knownothing. Projecting an absolute ignorance onto others, a characteristic of theideology of oppression, negates education and knowledge as processes ofinquiry. The teacher presents himself to his students as their necessaryopposite; by considering their ignorance absolute, he justifies his ownexistence. The students, alienated like the slave in the Hegelian dialectic,accept their ignorance as justifying the teacher’s existence—but, unlike theslave, they never discover that they educate the teacher. Indeed, the interests of the oppressors lie in "changing theconsciousness of the oppressed, not the situation which oppresses them,"for the more the oppressed can be led to adapt to that situation, the more easilythey can be dominated. To achieve this end, the oppressors use the bankingconcept of education in conjunction with a paternalistic social actionapparatus, within which the oppressed receive the euphemistic title of"welfare recipients." They are treated as individual cases, asmarginal men who deviate from the general configuration of a "good,organized, and just" society. The oppressed are regarded as the pathologyof the healthy society, which must therefore adjust these "incompetent andlazy" folk to its own patterns by changing their mentality. Thesemarginals need to be "integrated," "incorporated" into thehealthy society that they have "forsaken."