A Career in Education
I have been interested in a career in education since I was very young. My grandfather and grandmother both retired from the school system (one as a principal and the other as a Home Economics teacher). I look to them as role models. Helping others understand the world around themselves has always been enjoyable to me.
The purpose of public education is to allow the citizens of the United States a chance to become educated to a national standard that enables them to compete for jobs or higher education wherever they choose to live. This is extremely important because it allows people to aspire in their field of interest or expertise, despite their backgrounds. This permits the United States to have the capabilities to compete in and dominate world markets. On an individual level, it allows people to achieve a greater sense of self-worth than they might otherwise be able to obtain.
As a student, I have found that I support several different educational philosophies. These include essentialism, progressivism, and social reconstructionism. I feel that in the classroom I will need to be merge these philosophies in order to reach all students and to optimize their learning. The areas I would like to graft together would result in a style of teaching that would address the problem of “A Nation at Risk” that continues to plague our educational system. I will do so by covering the “basics” (main subjects) of essentialism, while being delivered in the experience-centered style of progressivism. Offering the students information in an experience-centered environment allows them to apply it to things they already know or are associated with. An approach focused on cooperative learning activities, critical...