It is impossible to be a great teacher without having developed a personal philosophy of education. Great teaches have the greatest effect on students. Through the study of these philosophies I have attempted to relate them to my own experience and for once deciding what I found works best and what I disagree with. Focusing first on the teacher I immediately perceive perennialism, as disregarding the students personal learning expectations. This philosophy emphasizes the importance of existing concepts.
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Acting as a role model for younger generations, Sherman Alexie encourages children from his hometown to work hard in school and speaks of the importance of education. Not only does he appeal to the children, but he does so with purpose; “I am trying to save our lives.” (Alexie, 18) The opportunities to impact the world through education can be found on a variety of different intensities. From facing highly sensitive topics to simply inspiring others to become more than what is expected; education is the root of the influence. Without knowledge to strengthen arguments and inspire others, individuals would be no different from one another.
It is crucial for them to find the secret of enlightenment in the present world. For both the film, To The Land of Bliss and the book, The Sacred Quest, every Buddhist must do good deeds, believe in the dharma, and to understand life is temporary. Good deeds in life will give you good outcomes yet, wrongful actions will result in karma and can ruin anyone’s chances of attaining their goal. Buddhists must believe in the dharma which are simply the Buddha’s teachings. Life being temporary is true for everyone, in every religion.
Mindfulness is crucial to the process of meditation, as without its careful observation, one cannot see things “as they really are”. <p align=justify>The Buddha recommended places such as a forest, hut etc because in order to practise, silence is an essential factor. There are four postures that can be adopted for meditation: standing, sitting, reclining and walking. Of these, the most suitable posture to practise at the beginning is the seated posture. <p align=justify>Meditation is popular in western culture today as it helps us ‘chill’ and calm, as we are easily stressed in our hectic lives.
How does being created in the image of God effect the way I will employ my education through teaching? God’s creation of us as humans was more than in his image but he placed his authority and presents within us; thus we are called to do as he has commanded by loving one another and showing compassion. As a teacher there are many things that can affect the students as well as the teacher; whether it be in a public or private school setting or even in social networking. Teaching allows the ability to connect on a different kind of level with the students, building bonds, relationships and trust. Teacher must have a professional relationship with other staff members and sever with integrity while engaging in their responsibilities.
Education - What is it Really Worth? Carl Jung believed that, One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is a vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child (Fitzhenry 135). Education is important to succeed in life, but it needs to come along with compassion and learning on a personal level rather than in an autocratic atmosphere. Everyone has different views of education, but what they all have in common is how necessary it is when one wants to become a self-actualized individual.
It is essential that we know how and what to teach to each generation. The use of fear is not an effective method of teaching, as it may cause immobilization of the mind. Learning should be the greatest pleasure of life. Montaigne's essay Of the Education of Children is beneficial in comprehending how to complete the essential task of educating our youth with gentleness, joy, and effectiveness.
I wanted to do something in life that I could be proud of doing. Teaching makes a difference in society, and is definitely a noble profession. The purpose of public education is preparing the student for life. Rousseau says, “We are born with a blank slate and life is a constant learning experience.” Throughout a life time the human mind is constantly filled with information. As educators we must believe that we are making an impact on a life; that we are making a difference.