In this context the narration and “banking” type of teaching methodology has found its purpose.
This can be seen in learning basic skills such as carpentry, typing, baking, weaving etc.
However, Freire made it clear that “Knowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention, through the restless, impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry human beings pursue in the world, with the world, and with each other” (Freire, p.320).
Aside from the lack of creativity and the inability to inspire the students to go beyond the syllabus, this type of teaching sends a negative message.
Think of North Korea, Taliban controlled Afghanistan and it is evident that authority figures can produce students that cannot learn beyond what was taught within the four walls of the classroom.
In societies wherein democratic ideals are not part of the norm then this problem is multiplied in a significant manner and produces a society that cannot break free from the shackles of poverty and backward thinking.after all, once the IMF (International Monetary Fund) has squeezed national education budgets across Africa, Asia, and Latin America, it is the World Bank that steps in and offer loans to help fill the gap” (Archer, p.29).It is a cycle of defeat because money that was loaned to these countries were not put to good use.The only problem of this view is that there are fundamental truths that has to be learned before one can develop the higher cognitive abilities personified by philosophers, inventors, scientists, and creative designers.Moreover, there is the need to establish a learning environment for the purpose of learning fundamental skills and not necessarily the discovery of new knowledge.It seems that the World Bank is part of a scheme to make these countries utterly dependent on loans.Freire was correct when he said that students must not be viewed as mere repositories of information.In this system students are made more aware, making them more conscious about the issues and the problems that surround them.According to one commentary, “Through critical, dialogical investigation, participants begin to understand their world in a depth hitherto unknown to them: that which was once hidden, submerged or only superficially perceived begins to ‘stand out’ in sharp relief from other elements of awareness” (Roberts, p.295).If Freire is absolutely correct then he can prove that the conventional method of teaching is not productive.There are many writers and educators who support this view.