I recently read Chapter 2 of Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Opressed, It was really insightful as it delved deeper into a substantial foundation for a Philosophy of education. In chapter 2, Freire breaks down the present educational system and process around the world He describes such as merely being a ‘banking’ type of system for there seems to just be a linear to no communication happening with most teachers merely just passing down the information to students for them to record, memorize and repeat. Also, while in the process, alienating the students- this is not true knowledge; true knowledge is one where in the long run, could be substantial in inspiring paradigm shifts to our current mediocre situations more specifically the situation of the oppressed. True knowledge should arise from dialectics which promotes critical thinking and a ‘problem-posing’ type of environment between the teacher and the student- both which’s roles shouldn’t be at a standstill hence, the efficient type of educational process for Freire is one wherein the role of the teacher and student could be interchangeable and both can learn from the other, one wherein the student doesn’t just learn concepts and techniques but also understands beyond it and why it is so. Such an ideal and liberating system can be one of the major channels wherein a deeper sense of the pedagogy of the oppressed, which promotes further humanization and can be ignited and eventually manifest an active revolution with active and consistent revolutionaries that would fight alongside their followers.
I fully agree with Paulo Freire that Education isn’t and shouldn’t be just a one way street in the classroom and probably everywhere. In line with that, I have always believed that anyone at any point in our lives can contribute to our fuller knowledge about the entirety of things, it could be about theirselves ,ourselves, the world and whatnot. Along the way, As we live, we learn through other people that help us experience and discover new things. And so we should preserve the sense of curiosity and cultivate the skill of listening upon encountering anyone regardless of who they seem to be or even their social status, unnecessarily silencing someone who has something to say is in fact a form of oppression and we also might be missing out on a lot of knowledge. Though, we should also be careful about the knowledge we are trying to holistically trying to imply.