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The Banking Concept of Education and The Achievement of Desire

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Even though this example does not demonstrate the usual way the “banking concept of education” happens, for instance through lectures and tests, it does show how it can happen even in subtle ways. Rodriguez’s teachers believed that the kind of language they spoke was the correct kind of language, and rewarded Rodriguez for his ability to copy them. They did not think that Rodriguez’s language that he learned from his parents could be useful, or good, or equal to their own. This is an example of how the “banking concept of education” creates a structure with teachers at the top and everyone else below them – something Rodriguez put into himself as he changed his language. Rodriguez’s text shows how the “banking concept of education” can lead to destroying critical thinking faculties and rather encouraging copying educators.

Rodriguez says in his text that he began to “idolize [his] grammar school teachers” (520). He did this because they held the knowledge and skills that he wanted to get further into education. But he did not only copy their language, as talked about above.

He copied everything they did. Rodriguez says that he imitated “their actions, using their diction, trusting their every direction” (Rodriguez, 520). Rodriguez “trusting” his teachers’ direction means that he was not being critical of anything they said, because trust without thinking is the opposite of critical thinking. This shows that the banking concept of education hurts students’ ability to actually think for themselves. Rodriguez’s story that he would go home and correct his parent “with the remark: ‘my teacher told us …” shows very well that he was not questioning what his teachers thaught him, and did not seem to think that his parents could be right about something when his teachers disagreed with him.

Rodriguez’s text clearly shows how the banking concept of education completely kills critical thinking. But this is not the only way that the banking concept of education hurt Rodriguez. The banking concept of education hurt Rodriguez’s relationship with his family, by putting school and what teachers say as the most important thing, and making Rodriguez feel that his parents were useless, and become embarrassed about them.

Rodriguez quotes a person, Hoggart, who made a theory about “scholarship children, ” which Rodriguez thinks applies to himself. One of the main points of this theory is that teachers tend to set what they teach in the classroom, slow paced thinking and learning, and not practical needs and necessities, against what many working-class people experience at home, which is a desperate push to make enough money, provide enough food, take care of the children, and everything like that (Rodriguez, 519).

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  • Pages: 4 (1000 words)
  • Document Type: Essay
  • Subject: English
  • Level: Masters
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