The system of education is an adapting continuous process. With every teacher, student, and classroom there will be a different philosophy used. In the U.S we have moved from being centered on the church in the beginning of the century to a more secular base approach in the latter. In the 21st century the debate is on how much emphasis should be place on the student, the learner, the teacher, the family, and organization. By defining these components we can better understand our own philosophy that we will apply as future teachers.
The student to me is one who has a broad mind that needs to be shaped to reach its potential. I am reminded of the story in the bible where Samuel anoints David. Samuel has the option of choosing any one of his brothers who at the time seems to be a better decision. Samuel instead chooses David because David much like a student has the potential to be the best. It is not who the student is at that particular moment, but what he can be through hard work and discipline is the morale of the story. Like the story I believe that each student can be the best if given the opportunity. The key to achieve success student must be motivated and challenged to accomplish his or hers goals.
The learner much like the student is motivated to be better than their current status. The learner is someone who reaches to learn, while the student is put in the position to learn. The learner can belong to any ethnic background, age, or gender who is willing to better them selves. One improves themselves by continuously learning about one self or any particular subject. They are able to acquire knowledge not solely through institutions, but also by picking up a book, magazines, or just turning on the TV. The learner is someone who is has a thirst for knowledge for example the 90 year old woman who graduates from college or the homo on the street who reads the paper everyday.
The teacher has the power to shape their students future and make a difference...