Murphy's Laws of Education
I have spent my entire life learning. I learn because I love learning. I was born with this love and my parents nurtured this love until I entered high school. Once in high school, the material was too difficult and time was too short for my parents to be as supportive as they were previously. I found that teachers would give me work to do, and I would do it, and I would learn from it. It wasn't the same once I was effectively self supportive of my love for learning. The first year in high school I found one teacher that went the extra mile to make sure I would be excited about his subject. For the rest of my high school career there was an absence of this type of teacher, by graduation I was sick of learning and ready for the real world. The real world taught me a very important lesson without me even knowing it at first. I believe this lesson to be about human nature in general, I like to succeed and to learn is to succeed at education. My goal as a teacher is to prevent as many American children as possible from loosing their natural curiosity and drive due to a lack of success in education and a lack of nurturing teachers.
In this paper I hope to show, you the reader, my philosophy of education in terms of the learning experience and the interaction of teacher and student. My philosophy is very much a product of my life in the honors classes in high school, my time in the nuclear power field and especially my life growing up in a military family. The authoritarian style of my upbringing and my experiences with other leadership styles has lead me to a conscious decision that directly relates to my philosophy. No matter who you are or how the outside forces in your life affect you, if you do not continuously grow and improve, you will be left behind.
The Nature of Students
Philosophers since the beginning of time have had philosophies that related to their understanding of human nature. Each of these philosophies have differed based wholly or in part on the time and society in which the philosopher lived; this lends credence to the idea that the nature of students is relative to the time, place or situation. Studying many of these philosophers has led me to my own conclusion on the nature of human beings. My philosophy is in essence an eclectic view of many other philosophies, eastern, western, modern and ancient. In addition it takes into account the stages of development given to us by psychologists such as Piaget and Ericson.
I believe that each individual is just that, an individual, with unique weaknesses and strengths. Each individual will learn in his/her own way and at his/her own pace. There is, I believe, a common thread to many if not all philosophies and that is that student are excited by success. Students are curious about the world around them. This curiosity is only limited to the degree that the knowledge enhances their personal life, and aids them in fulfilling their need to...