Paulo Freire on Teaching

From Pedagogy of the Oppressed:

Education is suffering from narration sickness.

This is in reference to the fact that so much teaching is teacher-centered and “fills” the students’ brains (considered a ‘banking model’ of learning) rather than being student-focused and enabling them to explore their own world or how things are relevant to their own world or interests.

Even in classes where teachers try to be more student-centered, there is often a lot of time where explicit teaching must happen that neglects the students’ curiosity about why they have to learn that. It’s hard to get away from that model, especially in one-teacher classrooms that are habitually closed off from other areas of the school (and community).

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