March 13, 2013
Philosophy on Education
I never was one who loved learning but I always seemed to be a fairly decent instructor. I have come to know the value of education and have a desire to instill a sense of comfort and faith in students I will come in contact with. For this reason, and a few others, I decided to become a teacher. I feel that the Purpose of education is to instill a basic sense of knowledge in those who want it. I do not think education is something that should be forced, but I would constantly try to inspire those whom do not wish to learn and hopefully have some kind of positive impact on them as students. I hope to encourage my students to try their best and be proud of their abilities. I do not believe that all children are able to reach the same academic level but I do feel that each individual child has his/her own way of understanding things that will make sense to him/her. I hope to emphasize the variation of the ways to learn in my classroom. Different ways of learning include, but are not limited to, the following: visually, verbally, and kinesthetically. I am aware that classrooms have students that use one or more ways and I plan to incorporate these diverse ways throughout my teaching. I want my students to be able to learn in whatever way they are capable of. With my aspiration to exhibit different ways of learning, I feel that the curriculum should include a combination of subjects that call for the usage of these learning styles. This idea brings me to the question of which philosophical approach to education I agree with.
My philosophy is mainly a combination of perennialism and progressivism. I feel that education is an apparent pathway to gaining knowledge of the past, present, and possible future. I do intend to enforce procedure and rules because discipline is an important part of education. However, I do not want to be too authoritarian. I will include the traditional academics in my...