Education Philosophy Statement
I believe education is one of the most important parts of our lives. Education sets the foundation for everything else we do in our lives. Without an education, it is nearly impossible to get gainful employment of any kind. But an education is not just something you get from taking notes, reading chapters, and passing tests. It is true that these are major parts of receiving an education, but they are not the only parts. I believe that education is something that you should constantly build on throughout life. In order for a person to do this education needs to be enjoyable for them. This is why I want to be an educator.
I believe that all students have the ability to learn, they just need help cultivating that ability. I want to make learning more enjoyable for students. I feel that if I can make learning fun for them, they will be more eager to learn. That will be their biggest asset as they go through life.
I’ve heard some teachers say, “If I can inspire one student to keep learning and go on to bigger and better things, then I will have done my job.” I don’t believe in this theory. Although I realize that not every student will want to learn and move on, I will not accept reaching just one student. Every student I reach will be a small victory, but I want to win the war. I am out to reach every student, not just one. I may only inspire one or two, but I want to have some influence on all of them. I want to try to reach and inspire them all, and I will do my best to make getting an education enjoyable for each individual student. And hopefully I will inspire them all to continue their education throughout their lives.
I don’t really like to put myself in one certain category when it comes to my philosophy on education. Although I fit best in progressivism because I agree with the curriculum, methods, and classroom managements of this, I also feel that some aspects of perennialism and reconstructionism should be stressed. For example, the curriculum in the perennialism approach includes moral development and fine arts, both of which I feel are very important. Reconstructionism stresses global issues and social problems that I also feel should be included in the curriculum of students. And all three of these philosophies encompass the teaching methods of problem solving and critical thinking. I feel these are important methods of teaching, but I also believe that the problem detecting and decision making that is stressed in reconstructionism is very important. So to best answer the question “What philosophy of teaching do you fit into?” I would have to say progressivism, but I do feel that there are other things that should be stressed as well.
I suppose at first glance my classroom will not look a whole lot different than most other classrooms, but I hope it will be very different. As for seating the students I’m...