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Teaching the Teachers

            Education is the dominant theme of Paulo Freire's essay "The Banking Concept of Education." In his essay, Freire discusses a method of education he deems "problem-posing" education. Through problem-posing education, instructors educate students by presenting problems to a class. These problems are then solved through verbal communication and critical analysis engaged in by both the students and the instructor.
             Problem-posing classes would vary depending on the subjects and in some cases classes wouldn't be as beneficial in the problem-posing form as it would in other classes. A mathematics class would be very different than an English class. In the "Problem Posing Method" Paulo Freire defines that people teach each other. Only real life problems must be posed as examples and we must learn from them. The students' compare their individual experiences and their attention and forget the memorization process that the "Banking Concept" had showed them. " The teacher is no longer merely the-one-who-teaches, but one who is himself taught in dialogue with the students, who in turn while being taught also teach (Paulo 265). In high school our math facilitators were learning new and less complex methods of doing math and what they learn from us, they use it to teach others. The "Problem Posing Method" as Paulo Freire explains both the teacher and the student learn mutually. The reason why the "Problem Posing Method" is important in our educational system in the United States is because not only do they learn we learn as well. Making our educational experience and standards rise from where we are now.
             The problem-posing system will revolutionize the way people learn and teach through mutual understanding. By bridging the gap between student and teacher more is done than just getting the two to understand each other we are in essence creating a link between the past and the future through which all humanity can move hand in hand into tomorrow.

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