Comparison Essay

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Pages: 7

Asiana-Marie Davis
Instructor Lisa McDawson
Eng. 101
Nov. 27, 2013

Comparison essay of Paulo Freire and Richard Rodriguez

Paulo Freire’s essay “the banking concept of education” and Richard Rodriguez’s essay “the achievement of desire” talk about the topic of education. Education is explored in many different ways. In Freire’s essay “the banking concept of education” he expresses his dislike of the education system and the distribution of power and authority in the class room. In his essay, he says that all the power belongs to the teacher. Richard Rodriguez’s essay “the achievement of desire” he states that the power belongs to the student. In many ways, these two influential writers are similar and at the same time have
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After reviewing Rodriguez's education, Freire would undoubtedly classify him as a quintessential representation of a banking system pupil because in Freire's words, "Education thus becomes an act of depositing, in which the students are the depositories" (349). I believe that Freire, author of “The Banking Concept of Education”, felt very strongly that the literate arts hold a great deal of meaning to this world. He says, “Yet only through communication can life hold meaning” (Freire 256). Writing, reading, and listening are definite forms of communicating. Communication is so important in our world today. Where would we be without it? Freire also states that “Knowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention” (Freire 257). I believe that this pertains to writing and getting your ideas out in the world, to help us to progress. We have to take our ideas and use them. According to Freire, we can only gain knowledge if we are using the literate arts and creating ideas to communicate with the world. Freire does not agree with the separation concept that Rodriguez explains. Freire says that “People do not exist apart from the world, apart from reality, the movement must begin with the human-world relationship” (266). Freire believes that the differences in our lives are a good thing. However, in Freire’s essay it is noted that he does not believe that education is an “objective process, if by