Education has several approaches, each with their own focus. Some of the best forms of learning are combinations of the most effective teaching styles. Teachers should strive to acquire their students with the information they need to communicate effectively and understand and apply educational and social concepts outside of the classroom. I believe teachers can achieve such by encouraging pupils to discuss and explore concepts, teaching bits of cultured information, and allowing for creativity and individual thinking. Encouraging students to think complexly and on their own is of the best ways to truly learn and understand.
Leo Strauss, a political science professor at the University of Chicago, believes that liberal education is the system which should be used in schools. Strauss states that “liberal education consists of listening to the conversation among the great minds.” In liberal education, all beings, including teachers, are pupils. The more experienced pupils help the less experienced, and all are guided by the very few “great minds” we have had throughout history (famous philosophers for example). Liberal education is cultured, which can find most of its basic concepts in philosophy. Strauss believes that students should listen to the “conversation” of the greatest minds. I see liberal education positively and can agree with some points, although I do not believe it should be the dominant learning style. All humans are pupils, even the “great minds,” as there is always more to be learned. We learn from philosophy, but concepts should be incorporated and challenged, and liberal education does not look to challenge the ideas given by the “great minds.”
In the book Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Paulo Freire discusses the flaws in the banking concept of education. The banking concept basically says that teachers are narrators and students are listeners. They simply learn and regurgitate the information given to them, leaving no...