My entire high school experience would be a perfect example of what Paulo Freire explains in his essay The “Banking” Concept of Education. I complete agreed with Freire’s critique of the education system because through my high school years, I was able to experience the “banking” concept and the “problem posing” concept of the education system. I believe that knowledge is easier to absorb and share when it is taught through the “problem posing” concept. The “banking” concept focuses too much on the substantial difference in teacher student authority that the sharing of knowledge is altered. When dealing with “banking” concept, the student’s goal is to please the teacher by regurgitating information, rather than fully understanding the concepts being taught to them.

When I first started high school, I was going to a school named Bard High School Early College. Due to the fact that you were capable to graduate with a high school diploma and an associate’s degree, Bard was known to be a very prestigious school. With that came a lot of work, many sleepless nights were spent on homework but I was determined to succeed. Classes were just as intense as the homework; so much information was crammed in so little time. Along with all that, there was a very well instilled rule in every student’s mind and that was to call teachers by their “well deserved” title. If they were a Dr. /Prof. you were always reminded and demanded to always refer to them as such. As Freire explains in his essay, when it comes to the banking concept there is a dramatic difference in power over the teacher student relationship.

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In the banking concept of education, knowledge is a gift bestowed by those who consider themselves knowledgeable upon those whom they consider to know nothing…The teacher presents himself to his students as their necessary opposite; by considering their ignorance absolute, he justifies his own existence. Th…

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