My Philosophy Statement
In this philosophy statement you will not be reading the statement of a great philosophical mind, but of an education student who loves to work with kids and who tries to have the students' best interest in mind. comparing and contrasting my views with the views of many of the philosophical giants throughout history I will discuss five topics: 1.) the nature of students, 2.) the nature of knowledge, 3.) the purpose of public education, 4.) the method of education, 5.) and the curriculum that should be used in public schools.
Taking off on the topic of the nature of human beings we need to look back at our own childhood and try to remember our actions, if not our thoughts. Pragmatist/Progressivists believe that human beings are naturally curious, I agree with them and the reason for this can be illustrated by a child getting disciplined over and over for touching objects that were not supposed to be touched. Reasons behind the child's actions are not evilness or bad motives. Curiosity, for knowledge about the texture, smell, and other qualities of the object, is the reason behind the child's actions. This same example can also apply to Rousseau's view that children were motivated by immediate self-interest. Children, seeing only the reward of gaining knowledge about an object, fail to see the consequence of touching an object that they were not supposed to touch. Continuing on the use of this example, we can also see that children are born innocent since they do not understand the consequences behind their actions and because they do not have evil motives.
I agree with the pragmatist/progressivists that say that knowledge comes about through experiences. In my public education career I always seemed to learn lessons faster and better if I had a physical experience that would help me to remember the lesson. I also agree with the pragmatist/progressivists about the area of evolving knowledge. Throughout our lives, and especially in our younger years, we develop different changes and experiences. For instance, after sent to stand in the corner for the tenth time Billy finally realized that the action of talking back to his mother had consequences.
My third topic, the purpose of education, has several areas in it that I am going to discuss, the first being the general importance of education. Spring outlined many goals for education. The prevention of teenage pregnancies, prevention of drug abuse, and the prevention of the spread of sexually transmitted diseases were among the many goals. To achieve these goals I agree with the pragmatist/progressivists that believe that we need to teach kids how to think and not what to think. By teaching kids how to think we will allow them to see the consequences of their actions and let them make the decision of whether they can handle the consequences or not. Today kids are taught what to think and not how to think so they rebel to get out from...