My Philosophy Of Education : How We Must Educate Our Children

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Philosophy of Education
How we must educate our children in Arkansas, as well as in the United States, has changed over the past twenty years since I began a career in education. Educating our children has become a data-driven task, in which high-stakes testing is the driving force requiring our students to compete with children from countries around the globe. State testing assessments drive curricula and make students, teachers, and principals more accountable for what is happening in the classroom than ever before. Education is focused on the individual child, and there is a greater push for parent involvement. Despite what we see and read in the media, research indicates teacher job satisfaction is still high. Many educators are essentially quite positive about their chosen profession (Rotherham, 2013). Watching trends and assessments come and go over the past several years, my philosophy of education has changed as well. As a teacher, several years ago, I saw No Child Left Behind, then Elementary and Secondary Education Act invited each state educational agency to petition for waivers allowing more state influence in exchange for more rigorous state-developed plans. Then came common core, PARCC and now ACT Aspire all as legislation with lofty goals which were impossible to achieve. I, like other teachers, expected more of my students, yet did not alter what I was doing to facilitate that change. It was around this time I began graduate school, and I began…
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