TAKE Home ESSAY #2: CRITICAL REVIEW OF PEDAGOGY OF THE OPPRESSED
NO LATE ASSIGNMENTS ACCEPTED, NO EXCEPTIONS
This take-home essay is worth 10.0 points toward your final grade in LBST 100/300. The paper is to be submitted on Cougar Courses, and is to be between 3-4 pages (750-1000 words), typed, double-spaced, using a 12 -point font. Cite sources, including the assigned reading, Paulo Freire's Pedagogy oldie Oppressed with footnotes or end notes, and include a bibliography. Be sure to answer only ONE of the prompts below. Please use Word .doc or .pdf for your submission. Give your paper a title, and include the question number you are answering in parentheses beside the title: (1), (2), (3), or (4). Also, proofread for grammar, spelling, and clarity and be sure to address all aspects of the prompt you choose. There is no right or wrong answer to any of these prompts, though you should have an argument that you back up with evidence.
Option #1: Freire is critical of the methods and approaches to education in which teachers engage in "banking" with their students. What does he mean by -banking-? Is this the approach to education you received as a student in grade school (and even perhaps, that you feel you are receiving at CSUSM)? If so, what do you see as the benefits and/or disadvantages of -banking-? If not, offer an example of how your educational experience has differed from -banking.- If you plan to teach, do you see yourself -banking"? If so, how and why? If not, why not?
Option #2: Infamously, Freire's book was banned by the Tucson Unified School District a few years ago. What's the problem with the book? Why would politicians and education policy-makers find the book you're reading for this class to be so dangerous that they would pull it from the shelves? Using two concepts or themes from Pedagogy of the Oppressed., make the case for or against using the book, and the ideas contained within it, in the classroom. If you plan to teach. do you see yourself using some of the ideas in the book? Explain why or why not.
Option #3: How would you define the meaning behind the title of the book - Pedagogy qf the Oppressed? Select two key themes or concepts from Freire's book to support your definition. Do you find this approach to education rational, reasonable, and something you see yourself putting into practice in your own classrooms (if you plan to teach), or thai should be put into practice in classrooms (if you don't plan to teach)? If so, why? If not, how would you characterize the flaws, or the problems, with what Freire isproposing in his book?
Option #4: Freire's book was published within a certain historical context, both in his native Brazil, and in global affairs. Situate the Pedagogy of the Oppressed within that historical time frame, and examine how events shaping Freire's world influenced or, at least, help to explain his argument. Then, consider what's happening the United States •and around the world now. Is Freire's argument outdated, or relevant'? To what degree is it outdated, or relevant?