Philosophy of Education
As Malcom Forbes once said, “Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.” As a future teacher and educator, I heartily agree with the quote from Mr. Forbes, a successful businessman. Because I have been a student in school since I was five years old, I have had many opportunities to look at my education and assess what I have truly learned. Honestly, I can say that the most important part of my past and current education has been being exposed to the many ideas and concepts of our world today. Aside from learning about the all important “classic” subjects, I have been fortunate enough to be educated by individuals who truly wanted to teach me, as well as other students, to make a …show more content…
With more worldly knowledge, our students will become strong leaders in their communities, striving to make our world a better place.
In addition to Social Reconstructionism , I do draw some more important ideas from both Perrenialism as well as Essentialism. I am an avid reader and I feel blessed that I actually enjoy this all too important skill. However, there are many unfortunate individuals who do not know how to read, and if they can, they are not interested. Reading is a skill that will never go out of style. People will be reading until the end of the world. For this reason, I think that the Perrenialist approach to reading the “Great Books” is ideal. Every student should be educated on the literature that has shaped our world today, as well as on how to think critically. In addition to learning about critical thinking and the foundation of America, students should be required to read on a regular basis. It is necessary that all students today strengthen their reading skills, and reading assignments will give them much needed practice.
As for Essentialism, I think that the core classes (English, Writing, Mathematics, Science, etc.) should be the basis of every educational curriculum. So many students today are not skilled in these subjects, leading to further problems in secondary school, as well as college. If every curriculum emphasized these all too important
Some people might like education, others might dread it and really don’t see a reason to continue learning about it. Today, for teachers and professors it’s easy to them to tell how the education they teach is effective for an individual student. As we know, education is being taught at school, home, and a little of both. For America today, most children attend preschool, kindergarten, elementary, middle school, high school, and college. Depending on the pupil's career choice, it can take up to 20 or more years completing their schooling system, Usually, during the middle and or high school years in America, professors teach you valid things pupils will be using in life.
My own personal journey through my education and reflection as a student studying, teaching, and learning has shaped by beliefs in the way I learn and the way I want to teach. My personal teaching philosophy consists of several teaching philosophies. It is a mix of progressivism and existentialism. I believe in progressivism, I believe the concept that students should be provided with learning experiences that are dynamic and teach using hands-on approach. I think when a student is learning about a subject that interests them and is relevant to them, learning is improved. Lessons should boost curiosity and be thought provoking. Although, funding in some school makes this difficult due to lack of materials, teachers should attempt to improvise
The purpose of public education is to enable students to be contributing members of society. Without it, the world would not be as we know it today in a very intelligent and complex society. Education is important in very many ways, probably too many to be listed. But I believe that among all other things that it allows students, by being educated, to live their lives in a way in which they can be successful in whatever they do. By learning about the trials and errors of those who came before us permits students to make well thought out decisions later on in their life. I personally hope to be able to better my students' lives by educating them about the overall curriculum and standards brought about
Education entails individual human development in the cognitive, emotional, creative and social areas. All children are entitled to a free education regardless of race, cultural background or handicaps. For education to be an effective part of the students life, the student and teacher must be actively and enthusiastically involved in learning. A teacher needs to be well prepared and organized. They need to know the perspective goals for each student and ways to achieve these goals. Teachers need to work with students to help them grow and develop ways to use their knowledge.
Education is not only for classroom purposes but it extends into the workforce because it is important to make a living. Education should help us appreciate life more by giving us the power to do things and have personal fulfillment. Developing a good education involves problem-solving, creativity, curiosity and criticism. I have learned that it is
When we take a step back it can be realized that we need to mold students that are prepared to live comfortably in the world and, by doing so, better the world and that is what needs to be focused on. By doing this we can properly prepare students for the realities they will face while creating necessary changes to the society they want to live in. Helping students prepare to face the world will help students find the balance between creative thinking and critical thinking, both of which are important components.
Education is defined as the lifelong process of acquiring knowledge, skills, and values through either formal means, such as schooling, or informal means, such as firsthand experiences or vicarious experiences gained through reading books or discussions. Every person that is or wants to be a teacher has his or her own educational philosophy. We all have our own views, methods, and curriculum that we were taught when growing up. A lot of people may have the same teachers in school, but all of them learn different things from that teacher.
I believe that teaching is one of the most important professions in the world today. From the very beginning, until present time, teaching has been around. The book of Genesis speaks of God walking and talking with Adam in The Garden of Eden, God was teaching Adam. I will be proud to, one day, be a part of this great calling.
Claim: The Classicist and Perennial education philosophies will likely be reflected in my future classroom because I deeply value a liberal arts based curriculum and an emphasis on a thorough understanding of content material. Although society is always changing, there are certain concepts that remain timeless and should be evaluated by students in secondary education.
First, essentialism focuses in teaching through core courses, using the essentials of knowledge and development. Essentialism is a traditional teacher-centered philosophy. It emphasizes the great importance of transferring knowledge from the older being to the younger generation. The teacher is the expert on the subject, and students listen and learn what is being taught. The teacher is also the role model to his or her students. School is the institution students come to learn.
I believe that education extends far beyond the classroom walls, and involves many more people than students and teachers. People should be learning wherever they go, and should continue learning long after they’ve graduated from high school or college. Education isn’t something that can be quantified with tests or report cards, but is instead something that people carry with them. It’s a survival pack for life, and some people are better equipped in certain areas than in others. People with a solid education are prepared for nearly anything, as they will be able to provide for their own physical, emotional, and aesthetic needs.
In Russell’s discussion “The Value of Philosophy,” he asserted that the true goal of Philosophy wasn’t a tangible, or even reachable, goal. He says that Philosophy won’t lead us to any definite answers, because once you acquire solid knowledge of a subject, it instantly becomes another science. Instead that the greatest value of this study comes from the mental freedom you get when you begin to question the status quo and not just accepting things as they are. He also says that questioning these everyday issues will not lead to a solid answer through the use of Philosophy. But those doubts will inevitably open you up to the infinite possibilities that are available in the world that neither you, nor myself would
Once the student knows that there is a sense of security in the classroom, a sense of guidance that exists nowhere else and in no other activity, then the actual teaching can take place. It is the basics that have helped people individually and as a country learn from the past and from mistakes. The philosophy of Essentialism could easily have the word “basics” as its key point. The word basic implies something that is stripped of everything else unnecessary and left behind and is the tool or ideas that actually work. Recently so many “extras” have been added to education
In the field of education there could arise many philosophical ideas of each individual teacher. Many of the past philosophies have been and still are used in today’s education programs, such as the Socratic method. My philosophy will also contain some of the many philosophies of the past and possibly the future. I will state the nature of students, the nature of knowledge, the purpose of public education, method, and curriculum according to my own philosophies, which also may be based the philosophical ideas of previous individuals.