Monday Meditation: On Good Education as Problem-Posing

“Banking education resists dialogue; problem-posing education regards dialogue as indispensable to the act of cognition which unveils reality. Banking education treats students as objects of assistance; problem-posing education makes them critical thinkers. Banking education inhibits creativity and domesticates (although it cannot completely destroy) the intentionality of consciousness by isolating consciousness from the world, thereby denying men their ontological and historical vocation of becoming more fully human. Problem posting education bases itself on creativity and stimulates true reflection and action upon reality, thereby responding to the vocation of men as beings who are authentic only when engaged in inquiry and transformation.” -Paulo Freire Pedagogy of the Oppressed

How do you regard your education? Do you sit in the class room and participate in the banking model? Are you annoyed when problems are posed and solutions are not given? How does what you learn affect how you live? How is your education, and your submission to it, liberating you to become more fully human by inquiry and transformation? Is it?

2 thoughts on “Monday Meditation: On Good Education as Problem-Posing

  1. This is right up my alley. Thanks so much for the quote. I’m going to share it with my own classes as this is a concept we are working on right now in preparation for their semester-long research projects.

    I hate to seem crass and opportunistic, but I did just have a post myself that explores a writing assignment that encourages just this kind of engaged learning and “becoming” on the part of the student. I think I could’ve used this quotation in the prompt!
    http://wp.me/p2YkM5-3m

    Thanks again for the post, it is most inspirational to me.

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