Philosophy means "Love of Knowledge.” One of the important means of getting knowledge is Education. Philosophers state different theories on education. Behind every school and every teacher is a set of related beliefs-a philosophy of education- that influences what and how students are taught. A philosophy of education represents answers to questions about the purpose of schooling, a teacher 's role, and what should be taught and by what methods. For instance, the mission statement of my school district is:
My overarching philosophy of education is a very simple one: intentional inclusion of everyone and creating a safe haven for all students. In order to accomplish this, the teacher should have a clear understanding of the goal of education, the role of the teacher, responsibilities of the students, roles and opportunities among parents and community member, and the power of knowledge.
I myself have a very positive outlook on life. I am very determined, dedicated, and
I could start off my story by talking about my life with my family and parents. They are the most important thing to me because they have helped me grow and become who I am throughout the years. They gave me the things that I needed to develop as a person and they still gave me everything that I need to become something great in the future. No matter what I choose to do in the future, I know they will always be by my side helping me through both good and bad situations that life has to offer. I have one younger sister who I would give my life to if it came down to it. I wouldn’t be the brother I am today without her. My parents have given me my basic needs like food, clothes, and my health, a place to live, water, and above all love and support. Amid all those needs they have given me, perchance the most important value that me and my family appreciates which is education. We are all told at one point in our life or another, “that we can be whatever we want to be and to set our goals high, and never give up.”
Throughout the course of the years, the educational system and its core values have arisen feelings of uncertainty and disappointment. Many have expressed their disbelief with how the system educates children. However, many have developed their own perspective on what education is and its true motive in the life of others. Education itself renders a potent power, it holds the ability to make an influential impact in the life of a student. Fortunately, for many, it holds the key to a brighter future, the chance to make an impact on society itself. Our educational system, although may provide challenges that stimulate the child’s critical thinking ability, lacks focus on stimulating the child 's creative side and focusing on its true needs.
Part 1: There have been many famous individuals who have contributed to education. BF Skinner, William Glasser, John Dewey, and Lev Vygotski are four notorious men in the history and impact of education. B.F. Skinner (1904) was a behaviorist who his most widely known for his theory of operant conditioning and the Skinner box. He created this theory to study human behavior. Operant conditioning includes positive and negative reinforcement as well as positive and negative punishment. Positive reinforcement is giving a person a reward when the child behaves well. The opposite of positive reinforcement is negative reinforcement which is the removal of something negative to increase the likelihood of positive behavior. Negative punishment is the removal of something positive to eliminate bad behavior. Positive punishment is when something negative is added to a situation to decrease bad behavior. B.F. Skinner had a significant influence on education. He believed that behavior can only be changed through learning. His discoveries through operant conditioning can be used in education classrooms today. When a child’s behavior starts to change, that is a signal to the teacher that the child has learned from previous experiences. For example when a child raises his or her hand to be called on in class, they wait patiently because the student knows from previous experiences that talking out of turn is bad behavior. The
Education is a main factor that Socrates discusses throughout his trial in the “Apology” and in “Meno.” One of the main factors discussed in both texts are the role of teachers in society and if Socrates is a teacher. Socrates also relates past stories or experiences when giving his dialogues. This allows him to explain his thoughts and reasons on certain topics. One final factor that plays a role in both the “Apology” and “Meno” is the role of the gods through the dialogues. Teachers, stories, and the role of gods all play a key role in the “Apology” and “Meno” as Socrates attempts to explain and expand upon his views of education.
In the article “Education at Crossroads part 3” Vicki Viotti discusses improvements regarding retention with new teachers. “An emphasis on mentoring teachers in their first three years has been credited with more of them staying beyond five years in the profession, a proportion that’s now up to 60 percent”(Viotti pg.3 par.1). Teacher retention is when teachers decide to continue following their path as teachers. The rate of teacher retention was low due to teachers transferring to other schools. However, after being a persistent matter in schools, it has recently increased to 60%. In addition to teacher retention, resources for fundings also seem to be a problem. “...resources aren’t where they should be”(Viotti pg.3 par.3). The DOE believes
While reading chapter 10 from Spring and chapter 5 and 6 from Educational Foundations, I was able to reflect and come up with comments, concerns, and questions about the text being read. Chapter 9 from spring talked about scientific school management. Scientifically managed schools have meritocracy and they reduce public control. Also, this chapter goes on to talk about how graduate schools of education were on important link the educational power structure that came to dominate public schools in the 20th century. Next, in chapter 5 from Educational Foundations it talks about definitions of racism and discrimination. It also talks about manifestations of racism and discrimination in schools. It is sometimes difficult to separate what is racist or discriminatory from what appear to be neutral school policies and practices. Lastly, this chapter goes on to talk about how there is a complex connection between diversity and discrimination. In chapter 6 from Educational Foundations it talks about inclusion. This chapter states a big question; why are students with disabilities less likely to have constructivist learning experiences than nondisabled
Currently, I am responsible for managing the science instructional programs and personnel in a chartered middle school. As a supervisor for the department, I develop/source curriculum materials for teachers and collaborate with them to plan and implement instructional lessons daily. I manage the financial resources for the department and constantly monitor the teaching practices that will impact our organizational goal and vision.
In this report, I plan to summarize five principles that I will follow in my capacity as a researcher and use them to make a difference in the field of education. The principles that I plan to follow have been shaped by many factors, including my parents, education, and the experience I gained working for schools.
In the beginning of our journey, it was clear that there were seven committee members that had seven different ideas of what personalizing education should look like. Visions from all areas of the board where created by our members. For example, there was talk about creating the perfect forest school, establishing a better form of democracy in education, and the debate of standardized testing belong in the public school systems. However, the main theme that we all had in common was our personal experiences with the lack of education being a priority for ourselves or a love ones in the past. It was also important that we made a difference in decreasing the academic expectations of teachers in some kind of way. The committee wanted to bring a refreshing way to the idea of partnership with teachers. This partnership would transform into a unique way of help students on their educational excursions.
I believe the purposes of education are…. To care for and guide children in becoming the best of themselves and providing them tools to observe new things while allowing them to be creative while supporting and allowing individuality.
When I started my career as a high school science teacher, I had no idea of the extent to which it would impact me and the path it would drive my life down. Many years before, I developed a love for science that began during my sophomore year of high school in chemistry. My teacher was a once-in-a-lifetime teacher that took a subject many found boring finding ways to inspire and motivate. This single class was the true starting point of the long, winding journey to medicine. As I moved on through my high school and college education I searched for a way to stay within science and continue to grow. The clear and only visible answer to me at the time was to be a teacher.
I cannot write this essay without reference to study of my own experienced and my daughter’s- placed in the harsh environment of the government schooling system and its observations of the stark belief systems of “the child to fit the system” and not “the system to fit the child” with reference to the what education should be about. This means different things to different people. To some this means a teacher teaching and passive learning taking place, the outcome is expected at the end of each year that each child has to achieve the same outcome and is graded accordingly.