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Pedagogy of the Oppressed Like slaves students are forced to do as their oppressor or teacher demands The concepts of student and teacher oppression are introduced on the first day that education begins Students are given a set of class rules for each class and everyone except the teacher must follow them Teachers have total control and the students must give in to their demands Paulo Freires Pedagogy of the Oppressed deals with the concept of oppression in the educational system banking system that is widely used and suggests problem-posing as an alternative system There is and absolute need for students to Tear down the Wall Pink Floyd of conformity in education and express their individuality because they are seen as empty minds are then classified by grades and become mental slaves The banking system of education that creates an environment in which the teacher knows all and the student knows nothing has flaws First of all students are oppressed by teachers because as Freire indicates students are considered empty depositories that must be filled by the depositors Freire 53 and he refers to this as the Banking system The banking system is used by teachers to fill the minds of the students with facts that they do not always fully comprehend so there really is no thought process and learning Secondly the banking system holds the student down because he is told what to learn and he is not allowed to work to his full potential and explore for himself Furthermore being told what to learn creates a necessity for the student to rely on authority This then causes the student to reject responsibility and that is the ideal situation for an oppressor Another tool of educational oppression is the use of grades This method of measuring knowledge is inaccurate and does not work It only measures how much of a given subject is memorized how much work is completed and
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