My Educational Goals and Philosophy
Education is the foundation of today's society. Without it, there is no future. Every other career begins on that first day of kindergarten, when a nervous student stumbles into the classroom and finds a chair in the corner of the room. At that moment, a teacher plays a pivotal role in the child's fate. If they are successful in making the child feel comfortable, they can nurture the student's desire to learn. If they are not successful, they may hinder this pursuit.
Education has two major, seemingly contradictory, purposes. First, it transmits a country's culture to the next generation. Secondly, it gives societies a vehicle for changing the culture.
I believe that it is essential for students to come into contact with their peers and with adults of similar and different backgrounds. This promotes tolerance and growth. Teachers should instill values in their students. They have an amazing opportunity to make an investment in the future. However, sometimes learning comes best through interaction with people of the same age. By befriending students of different races and economic statuses, children can recognize the differences and similarities between them and learn to accept and even appreciate each other for these.
If society has veered down the wrong path, this social interaction between students can have tremendous rectifying powers. If students are taught to hate people of a certain color, religion, sexual orientation, etc., being around people with these characteristics, with no way to avoid them, can show students that the ideas that they have been taught may be misconceptions. Students then have the power to disagree with this hatred and contribute that to the society's future.
It is easy to see that public schools in the last fifty years have greatly improved relations between people of different races. I have witnessed many older people, not having the opportunity to attend school with children of mixed ethnicities, who seem to maintain the idea that people should be segregated. With children being submerged in a world with so many different kinds of people today, I see fewer and fewer occurrences of this type of attitude.
As an educator, I hope to instill the values of love and tolerance. As it has been said many times, this would would be a boring place to live if everyone were the same. I hope my students will take those lessons with them, and hand them down to their own children some day.
I categorize myself as an essentialist. This, a philosophy popularized by William Bagley, focuses on traditional, "essentials" of education, such as math, science, history, and literature. Because my curricular area is literature, I am inclined to agree with the ideas of this theory.
I truly believe that education is the catalyst of a dynamic social and economic structure. This begins with reading. Everything else builds from there. I consider written language...