A Personal Philosophy of Education

625 Words Feb 17th, 2018 2 Pages
It provides our students with a professional that understands the context of learning from which their classroom stems. It also ensures a personal sense of growth: a lifelong process valued by the profession as a whole. I have combined beliefs from pedagogical, ethical and personally developed ideas I intend to use as a foundation in creating a nurturing classroom environment. Education could be defined ad infinitum, but for the purposes of synchronicity I have organized my beliefs in terms of four elements: enculturation, potential, inspiration and development. The meeting point of these ideas is the philosophical ideology of existentialist education. As defined by Dr. V.K. Maheshwari (2011), the origin of existentialism: “rejects the existence of any source of objective, authoritative truth about metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics. Instead, individuals are responsible for determining for themselves what is “true” or “false,” “right” or “wrong,” “beautiful” or “ugly.” For the existentialist, there exists no universal form of human nature; each of us has the free will to develop as we see fit.” The focus is entirely student centered, whereas the teacher serves as a guide seeking to educate the whole person. The goal of such a classroom is to develop a thoughtful, creative, self-actualizing adult capable of rational thought, effective communication and independent…