My Philosophy of Education Essay

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My Philosophy of Education

A child’s education is one of the most important, if not the most important, aspects of his or her life. With this in mind, teachers are very influential characters. Therefore it is essential that teachers develop their educational philosophy and their educational goals before making the big step from being a student to being a teacher. I would now like to present my educational philosophy and goals. I will do this by combining the thoughts of Rousseau, Plato/Socrates, Sophistry/Foucault, Pragmatism/Progressivism and interpreting and creating it into my own.

First, I would like to share my thoughts on the nature of human beings. I agree with Plato and Socrates in the sense that most
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A student needs mathematics, which is an example of absolute knowledge, where memorization and comprehension are the keys. Yet, I also feel that English and/or literature classes hold just as much significance, which can be considered relative knowledge. Both Rousseau and the Pragmatists/Progressivists, along with myself, agree that we come to know knowledge through experience. For example, as a future teacher, I do not expect students to sit in their seats the entire time, listening to me while I tell them how to do something; rather, I want them to participate in hands-on experiences and contribute to cooperative learning groups. To a certain extent, I like Foucault and the Sophists’ idea that knowledge determines power and power determines truth. It is true that knowledge creates a sense of power. Also, people are more likely to accept the views of those in power. In the past, as well as in the present, this has proven to be both beneficial and detrimental.

This leads to my views on the purpose of education. Like Plato and Socrates, I believe that one purpose of education is to form “good citizens”. Wouldn’t we like to know that one day when our students are running the country, we educated them to be “good citizens”? School is about more than learning
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