My Philosophy of Education
I believe education is essential to the future success of today’s youth. It is the responsibility of educators and school systems to provide every child who enters school with the best education possible. There are four central tenets to my philosophy of how this can be achieved: children need to feel secure; children need to feel respected and valued for who they are; teachers need to employ a variety of instructional techniques; teachers need to make the content they teach meaningful to their students. If attention is paid to these four points, every child will have the best opportunity to succeed in life.
Children need to feel secure physically, emotionally, and mentally. A child who is afraid of being harmed or who feels rejected by his/her peers cannot focus on schoolwork. A child who is ashamed to make a mistake cannot take the risks often necessary to take a stride forward in learning. It is the responsibility of school systems in general and classroom teachers in particular to ensure children experience a safe learning environment. Working to keep schools drug-free, violence-free, and taking a hard stance against bullying can help a child physically. Creating a classroom where tolerance and respect for others are the norm produces emotional contentment. Supporting mental risk-taking and establishing an environment where students are not afraid to venture guesses that may be inaccurate results in mental security. By exhibiting tolerance, commanding and demanding respect for everyone in the classroom, and stressing that people are human and mistakes are acceptable, teachers create such an environment.
Children need to feel respected and valued for who they are. Every person is unique in some way. Teachers must hold high and equal expectations for all their students. They must refrain from prematurely...