My Philosophy of Education
Words cannot explain why I want to be a teacher. Personally, I don’t know why anyone would not want to be. The fact that I might teach anyone something that could be helpful in his or her life is just astonishing to me. It can also be scary, because you can hurt as much as help. I found that out the hard way. I had a teacher that didn’t care the way she should have. Therefore, I got behind. I did learn that it takes more than just knowledge and training to be a teacher. It takes a special kind of person. A person with a huge heart, full of love for children. Their well-being must be your top priority, not the all-mighty dollar. If I had to summarize why I want to be a teacher, it would be my love for children and what they mean to me. Making a positive difference in a child’s life, through teaching, is my life long dream.
I agree with the philosophy of eclecticism. I do not feel that one philosophy by itself is what it takes to teach. When you take bits and pieces of each philosophy and integrate them together, you have a complete teaching strategy that will be successful.
I feel the curriculum in elementary education should be centered on reading, writing and arithmetic, which is the concept of essentialism. It is extremely important for a student to master these fundamental subjects. These basic abilities are utilized in all other aspects of the curriculum and life in general. Students are taught to be culturally literate that is, to be familiar with the people, events, ideas, and institutions that have shaped U. S. society. When students leave school they can apply schoolhouse lessons in the real world.
I feel students should be taught information that is correct for their individual time and place, not obsolete information that they will never use. This philosophy is perennialism. Perennialists urge schools to spend more time teaching about concepts and explaining how these concepts are meaningful to students.
The progressivism approach is to prepare students for change and enable them to think independently. Students should also be taught subjects in humanities and sciences that will result in students being able to reason and develop problem-solving skills. Our knowledge and our society are constantly changing. For example, fifty years ago in West Virginia a young man could quit school in the eighth grade and easily find a good paying job in the coalmines with excellent benefits. Today in West Virginia a high school graduate has a difficult time finding a job making minimum wages without any benefits.
The influence of television in today’s society has made children have a short attention span and seem to have a need to be entertained. Also, children have a greater interest in after-school activities such as sports and cheerleading. Rousseau’s philosophy is that students should exercise mind and body together. I agree with this philosophy but think the same attention...