Review of Freire's "Pedagogy of the Oppressed" Article Review by Jay Writtings LLC

Review of Freire's "Pedagogy of the Oppressed"
A concise analysis of Paulo Freire's "Pedagogy of the Oppressed."
# 119988 | 823 words | 0 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on May 31, 2010 in Education (Teaching Methods) , Education (Theory) , Sociology (Welfare)

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This paper reviews "Pedagogy of the Oppressed," the most widely known work of educator Paulo Freire. The paper explores the educational concepts of the banking method, the problem-solving method, and "false consciousness." The paper also explains that education is a very important part of a social system in that one can't help but perceive, think or act according to the kind of education one receives. The paper concludes that, by addressing the vital area of education, the part of the social system that determines what kind of human being we become, Freire was able to give voice to the victims and shake up those who were perpetuating the crippling condition.

From the Paper:

"Freire argues that the banking method makes automatons of students and stifles creative thinking, thus depriving them of a real opportunity to learn. Learning becomes mechanical, where the teachers are the depositors of information and the students mere receptacles of this information. No dialogue takes place between the two, and there is, therefore, no exchange of ideas. There is, in fact, a dichotomy created, the worst of which is that the teacher knows everything and the students know nothing. The students are treated as mere objects with blank, manageable minds where reality can simply be regulated. Naturally, Freire argues that this kind of education does not give anyone the chance to think for himself. The student is thus deprived of the chance to develop and harness the potential to dramatically become world transformers."

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