My Philosophy of Education
By Jennifer Ruscoe
I believe in education for all. When I say all, I mean all. Everybody in this world deserves to get the best education possible and available to them. Children and adults, the literate and non-literate; all deserve life long learning. I am willing to do my small part and many doing their small part with dedication is what will save our education system. The country and the world need to plan for the future of our children. It is our most important job.
The best way to educate our children is by building relationships with them, giving them very strong structures for behavior and learning and assessing them in ways that truly tell us if they are succeeding. As a teacher, I need to be accountable to the state, the district and the parents. I agree with the need for the teacher standards and as difficult as they can be, I strive to follow them every day.
My parents taught me to love school, learning and reading. I was raised by a couple of really sweet kids. Iris and Cliff were married in 1936. They lived on $80.00 a week in Oakland and then lived in Berkeley until 1946. They moved out to Concord, California to start a business and have some kids. Dad was brilliant, but he never graduated from high school. He was really brilliant. So was Mom. In spite of never being able to attend college, they educated themselves and were life –long readers and learners. Nothing would do except that all three of us kids go to college. Mom never let up. She insisted we speak correct English and be very good in school.
My parents’ philosophy of education is my philosophy of education. I am a child of the 50’s and 60’s, a daughter of Martin Luther King, JFK, Bobby Kennedy, Cesar Chavez, Shirley Chisholm, and most of all the daughter of Iris and Cliff. Iris and Cliff who came up during the depression, knew great sorrow and loss, rebuilt their lives and worked their deepest and hardest to have a good life and to...