Behaviorism and the Never-Ending Need for Discipline
Webster’s dictionary defines education as “the act or process of training by a prescribed or customary course or study of discipline.” I, however, see it as much more. Education, in my perspective, is the greatest gift a human can receive. I want to be one of the many caring individuals that can give this priceless gift- I want to be a teacher. There are many current trends and philosophies when dealing with education. Behaviorism, the philosophy of education in which I regard, will be incorporated into my classroom in some form or fashion. Education today has taken a turn for the worse when analyzing behavior. I know, from personal experience, that the behavior of children has curdled. I feel that if I can help students become more intelligent and courteous citizens, then I have completed my job successfully. Although there are many philosophies of education, I feel that behaviorism is one that should be included in every teacher’s curriculum because children today need educated socially as well as cognitively.
Often times people have life-altering events that occur at the strangest of times. I am no different than anyone else. My career was set from the day that I walked into my kindergarten class. It was then that I knew that I wanted to be an educator. It was quickly learned that I loved school and that I wanted it to be a part of my life forever. As I grew up, I recognized the many different types of individuals around me. I saw kids with learning disorders, physical handicaps, and exceptional abilities. After realizing that I would someday have to deal with these multiple situations, I decided that if I can influence children’s lives then it would be beneficial. When I graduated from high school my definite plan was to pursue my goal to become a teacher and that is what I am currently accomplishing here at Concord. Now that I have learned in class about the many education laws such as Public Law 94-142 and IDEA, I do not see how it was possible for these special children to function before the laws. When I was in school I knew that the children received special care but I had no idea how much actually goes on “behind the scenes” until I came to Concord. I know that learning about the laws will be beneficial as I pursue my ultimate goal to teach.
Looking back on my school years, I think about all the teachers that I have had. I then ponder on the many classmates that I shared so many wonderful times with. One of the main problems that I can remember about school is the ones concerning behavior. I can recall every teacher having to deal with some type of behavioral problem at some point during the duration of the school year. It is apparent that these types of problems will be something that I will have to deal with as an upcoming teacher. This is where behaviorism comes into play. If I can incorporate this into my classroom then I will be able...