The banking-concept is the traditional form of education that Rose had experienced especially in his years in the vocational track. College Prep and Father Albertson begin to trek into the ideals of the libertarian model. With Father Albertson, Rose was able to have the academic language opened up to him. I too had a similar experience with the language of academia. For me, my grandmother was the one who took the time to explain some of the language and whys I asked.
The idea of academia was to teach the elite to properly govern their lands and servants, but in a society no longer based on servitude, is this best course to take? This reading also connected back with the breakdown of education and class that Anyon talks about. Because when you really look at it, Rose was being taught by the ‘elite’ of old: the monks and priests of the Catholic Church. It is this very ‘elite’ who will eventually help him to gain entrance into the world of Academia. According to Freire, “In the banking concept of education, knowledge is a gift bestowed by those who consider themselves knowledgeable upon those whom they consider to know nothing.” Within this statement, you can argue that this is precisely what has happened to Rose. The teachers and mentors that have influenced Mike Rose have inadvertently piggy-banked him. His understanding maybe greater than others, but it would be due the extent of his ability to retain such knowledge. What we know of Rose is what he tells us. For me it is difficult to know how well he influenced his instructors. Did he manage to teach them? If so, that would start to show the more liberating way of thinking that Freire addresses.
Freire seems to be insistent that everyone is oppressed and should be liberated. But if all education is a power struggle, than how can you liberate? If one person has an understanding of an apple and the other an understanding an orange, but neither discuss with the other what their type of fruit they have, are they not placing themselves in power over the other person? If the answer is yes they both hold power over the other, then once again how do you liberate that knowledge? Freire states: "Those truly committed to liberation must reject the banking concept in its entirety, adopting instead a concept of women and men as conscious beings, and consciousness as consciousness intent upon the world. They must abandon the educational goal of deposit-making and replace it with the posing of the problems of human beings in their relations with the world."
Therefore, my next question is how do you teach without depositing knowledge? Even the idea of questioning and analyzing must involve the intake of information. Consequently, it would seem almost impossible to not deposit some type of information in some way. The idea seems to be to see education as a right versus a gift, but in truth isn’t it both? Some people have to fight for that right and privilege. It seems that we may have forgotten that it is not just a right but a gift to become educated. But for some, it is a costly gift due to student loans and bad economies, but would Freire argue that this was really our cost for liberation? I would say honestly it is hard to say. But being that liberation of knowledge has been being discussed since the Greeks, it is my belief that this topic will not be decided or overly changed by my blog.