General Philosophy: A Personal Philosophy Of Education

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A Personal Philosophy of Education

A teacher’s personal philosophy of education is a critical element in his or her approach to guiding children along the path of enlightenment. Hence, there are five key educational philosophies recognized in the field of education. These include, Essentialism, Perennialism, Progressivism, Existentialism, and Behaviorism (Sadker & Sadker, 1994, p. 382-83). Each carries both positive and negative tenets, at least in my opinion. Therefore, I prefer an eclectic discernment in my quest of an educational philosophy. Because, my idea of the perfect teacher is one, who inspires learning in addition to just relating the required facts. A certain amount of creativity, enthusiasm, and motivation is required of the teacher. Certainly, this is a tall …show more content…

One that goes beyond the accepted role of the classroom discussed previously. The critical factor is the removal of parents from the home. Many households are headed by a single parent or both parents are needed to supply salaries just to maintain the necessities. Whatever the reason, for many hours each day there is simply no one at home. This situation has caused a crisis! Students are no longer arriving at school ready to learn the basics, or the three R’s, as reading, writing, and arithmetic are termed. The goals of economic viability, good citizenship, and the other social virtues are even harder to achieve when these children have not had the opportunity to learn the basic mores of our society (Martin, 1995, p. 355-56)

Therefore, we as educators are dealt the problem of rectifying the situation as best as we can. To address this issue, a new philosophy was developed by Jane Roland Martin. I will term this the “schoolhome” philosophy. Whereas, Martin proposes

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