The Banking Concept of Education Current Connections

What most stuck out to me during the reading and learning experience was how much a teacher’s style can effect how the content is conceptualized. I have always felt drawn to teachers that whom I thought used the “problem-posing method.” Because of this, I wanted to find an article that talks about the pros and cons of the banking education concept because I understand that teachers still adopt that teaching style. Originally I found an article written by Margaret Mercado in September of 2018 that was used for essay research purposes. Through this research analysis analytical essay I was directed to the article written by Gabrielle Micheletti. Together these articles shifted my point of view and expanded my perspective. Instead of being discouraged like I was on Tuesday during the learning experience, I felt challenged to be creative and go the extra mile. My discouragement came from the terms such as “depositors” and “collectors,” two terms that I do not have to be associated with learning as a future teacher. Often times during the learning experience, I related problem-posing method as the superior one. Through reading these articles I began to understand that the true teaching style I saw worked effectively for me, was the combination of both banking education and problem-posing.

I believe that banking education has a bad connotation that comes from a misunderstanding that teachers should just deposit the content material to the students who are receptors. I think that instead of viewing it in a bad connotation, you should look into the bases that these comments are essential to the fundamentals of education. No matter what style of education adopts, the content needs to be taught, whether it is directly relevant or not. This is when I had the discussion question that asked how they felt as future teachers to teach to the test. I loved hearing everyones perspectives and noticed the common theme being that teachers must be creative to find how to make the content that is necessary for students to succeed relevant to their lives. I think once we began the discussion it was easy to see how both components of banking education and problem-posing method are necessary for learning and are beneficial for the students.

The article prompted me to ask if my peers thought that students being “just a number” was a myth or not when attending large universities, high schools or programs. Many of the students said that they believe it is very hard for students to be seen as individuals in larger universities. Dr. Shutkin’s mentioned that the students may have to work very hard to be noticed by a professor. I agree along with Dr. Skutkin that this supports the belief that teachers should deposit information to the receptors, or students.

Unlike the reading, I believe that teachers who are creative and passionate do not make reality motionless, static, compartmentalized, and predictable but constantly changing and interactive where students can determine their future by their actions and intentions. I think one big understanding is that teachers are forcing information on students yet this information is necessary for students to succeed and to further their education. I think that where there can be changes made is in the emphasis of testing, which focuses teachers potientially “teach to the test” resulting in restricted teacher’s lessons.

Through my research of the two articles, the emphasis on true comprehension was placed on two-way communication, where the students learn from the teachers and also the teachers learn from the students. One of the discussion questions I asked was “is this a fixable problem” when reading that not all information may be easily correlated directly to relevancy of life.

After reading the article about re- envisioning banking concept of education, I was prompted to class the class how they would pursue moving forward in structuring their teaching style. I thought it was interesting how each of my classmates started their conversations with what is the best for the students and how this can be achieved by constantly changing curriculum. By adapting lesson plans, teachers are able to see what is best fit for their classrooms. I think this is super reassuring to see that the future teachers come from a love of learning, where an emphasis on teaching can create a one-way street where the teachers do not have an open mind towards learning from students. In the reading it is stated, “problem-posing education affirms men as beings in the process of becoming” I think that this quote embodies the importance of education as a process. No individual is expected to be fully matured through education, yet given the tools to succeed in society and the future. Education must be able to adapt to aid society and its students that are constantly changing.


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