Freire?s essay with Foucault?s
Is it surprising that the cellular prison, which its regular chronologies, forced labor, its authorities of
surveillance and registration, its experts in normality, who continue and multiply the functions of the
judge, should have become the modern instrument of penalty? Is it surprising that prisons resemble
factories, schools, barracks, hospitals, which all resemble prisons? (309).
Is Foucault making the same argument as Paulo Freire, in ?The ?Banking? Concept of Education?? Reread
Freire?s essay with Foucault?s general argument in mind and thinking through the particular image (and
institution) of the panopticon. How might you summarize these two arguments and their take on schooling?
Freire, who speaks of a revolution in education, imagines a future in which students might be ?free.? Free
in what sense? Does he have an answer to Foucault?s concerns? Or does Foucault have an argument that might
trump Freire?s optimism?
You should assume an audience interested in education. It will not be the case, however, that they have read
these two essays. You will need, then, to be careful in providing summary, paraphrase, and quotation. You
will need to provide the background to an argument that you (and your readers) can identify as yours.
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