My Philosophy on Education

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My Philosophy on Education My philosophy on education is a bit of Essentialism and Progressivism. I know these are two drastically different philosophies, but they both have certain points of view I agree with. For example, strictness (Essentialism) should be used with the idea that students need to find their own way (Progressivism). As I discuss my own Philosophy on education, these different views on education will be incorporated. Students are children who feel trapped into going to school. This feeling eventually turns into acceptance. They have acceptance that they must go to school to better themselves. Many students fall into the trap of being forced to "make good grades", and end up learning in the process. These students come to college to realize it takes time, some disappointment, and harder work than they were used to in Public Schools. Some never receive a desire to learn and are passed on year by year without proper knowledge of the subject matter. These students eventually drop out, or may graduate without plans of education themselves further. They feel that they did their time, and they want to go ahead and live life. Then there are those exceptional students who yearn for knowledge. They received gratification from an early age that learning is fun and rewarding. My goal is to turn all students into thirsty learners. As I observed in a local elementary school, all three types of these students can be found in a classroom. The ones goofing off in the back of the class have no support from parents. Students who quickly finish their work and suck up to the teacher are often pressured at home to be the best. A thirsty learner’s parents simply want their child to do his/her best. These students... ... middle of paper ... it daily, while "The Gettysburg Address" was quickly forgotten after reciting it one. Reinforcement and progression of knowledge are key, and year-round schooling would be the doorway to a better education for students. I plan to join the Teacher’s Union when I enter the work force. The backing of a group would be helpful throughout my career. I would not like to be stuck in surprising situation (i.e. suing parent), without the assistance of the Union. Education has been the center of my life with both of my parents being teachers. This will never change, and I am now developing my own view on education. Essentialism is important because we would not have made it thus far without it. Progressivism is important because this may be the future. I hope I can integrate both of these philosophies and my view points I’ve mentioned into my teaching career.

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