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Weekly Writing & Blogs – Page 47 – WRT120 F2019 Prof Randall Cream

“The teacher knows everything and the students know nothing” Response to Olivia Vearling

By Seamus Corkery

Discussion Group Names- Olivia Vearling, Jeff Biancaniello, David Macmullen, Sam Livornl, Amanda Regan, Gwen Jordan, Maura Kelly, Caitlin Mangini, Laura Mcgroary, and Hailey Clark.

Our group discussed how teachers force students to abide by their teachings versus being able to learn on their own to have their own understanding of different topics. This was one of many topics from Paulo Freire’s “The Banking Concept of Education.” The title for our group discussion was “the teacher knows everything and the students know nothing.” The thing is that this agenda can sometimes be true depending on what is being taught in the specific class. For example, in a very hard subject matter such as physics or maybe calculous, the students may need to be treated as if they know nothing due to them actually not knowing anything about the subject. The agenda that the teacher knows everything and the students know nothing can be proven wrong when you begin to discuss more broad subject matters that provide better learning experiences when you discuss the subject with your students and they able to give their own input as to how they feel about the topic. I feel that students learn best when they are in an environment where they can give their own input and maybe even help another student out versus the teacher being the only one allowed to speak and the students must listen and act as spectators.

Response to Olivia Vearling

David Macmullen

Makayla Medycki

Sam Livornl


Gwen Jordan

Maura Kelly

Oliva vearling

Seamus Corkery


Lauren Mcgary

Hailey Clark

I disagree with this statement because I feel that students do know information on what the teachers know also. I feel that the teachers try and just make us memorize everything and I feel that that’s why people say teachers know everything because they just tell us information without us understanding it. I also disagree with this because the students could actually teach the teachers something because they may have knowledge on the topic. The student could help the class out because I feel when a teacher talks for too long the students will not listen as much. When the kids in the class start talking I feel it gets the students more engaged to the conversation. The different styles of teaching could help because the students would rather not sit through a lecture all day. Once a student says something I feel like another student would want to say something too join the conversation and it could help with learning.

Students have no say in what they learn

In this weeks discussion we will talk about when Friere says “The teacher chooses the program content, and the students (who were not consulted) adapt to it.” Do you believe students have no say in education? Is this fair? Does it happen often? Think about how you feel about this statement and if you have ever felt that it has happened to you for our discussion group.

Location: In the Quad in front of University Hall

Date and Time: Thursday, September 5th, 2:00 PM

Paulo Freire discussion

When Freire say, “Education thus becomes an act of depositing, in which the students are the depositories and the teacher is the depositor.” Do you agree or disagree.

Time and date: Friday September 6 @ 3:30

location: At tables outside Starbucks.

Freire describes students and teachers as “opposites.”

In this discussion group we will talk about how Freire describes teachers as being “opposites” of the students, not allowing us to express creativity. Also, we will discuss how Freire states that in this misguided education system, through a lack of creativity students are unable to be truly human.

Time and Date: Friday September 6th at 10:00

Location: Main Hall 300


  1. During this discussion group we will talk about memorization, how it benefits a student, and how it disadvantages a student. In Freire’s essay he discusses how teachers just flush information into students but never truly give them the knowledge. Before coming to my discussion group, think about this question; In highschool, or in college, do you feel as though you are being taught or only being taught to memorize?
  2. Thursday September 5th @ 3:30
  3. Outside on the quad

“The teacher knows everything and the students know nothing”

In this discussion we will be talking about the statement that the teachers know everything and the students know nothing. Think about if you agree or disagree with this and why? and why is this a common thought in our society?

Topic: “The ‘Banking’ Concept of Education”

Time and date: September 5, 12:30

Location: Seating area in front of university Hall

The “Banking” Concept of Education

This group will discuss the idea that “the teacher knows everything and the students know nothing” and how this occurs in the modern classroom.

Topic: The concept of banking as stated by Freire, and whether or not students also teach the teacher, and sometimes know more than the teacher.

Date/Time: Friday, September 6, 9:00 a.m.

Location: Main Hall 300

Why Freire refers Students Trash Receptacles

In this discussion, we will talk about why Freire refers to us students as trash cans when it comes to learning and retaining information. Think about how the education system could be changed and how you can relate to feeling like a trash receptacle in school.

Topic: Education

Location: Tables in front of University Hall

Date and Time: Sunday September 8, 2019 at 2 pm

Student=Robot: In the eyes of Freire

  1. This group will discuss the idea that students are a direct product of the teacher and have no opinion or originality in learning. The students are just a product of the teacher and are like robots that follow what the teacher says. Before discussion decide if you agree or disagree with this idea; think about if you have ever felt like a robot following what a teacher wants you to learn.
  2. This group will meet at 10:00 am on Friday, September 6th
  3. Meet in the academic quad in front of main hall

Teacher Teaches, Students are Taught

This weeks discussion group will be based on the first page of Friere’s writing piece. We will go into further detail about the concept that “teachers teach and students are only taught.” If you are interested in this discussion ask yourself the question, “Do teachers only teach and do students only get taught?”

Location: Quad outside of Main Hall

Date: Friday, September 6, 2019

Time: 9:00am