Philosophy of Education
Teachers, unlike any other professionals have the chance to shape and change young lives. For this reason, I believe that teaching is one of the noblest professions that one could choose. From the time I was a young boy and watching my father in his classroom I knew always wanted to be a teacher. It always seemed like the perfect career. A career in which I felt was best suited for me. One in which I would want to wake up earlier and earlier every morning because I would be excited at the fact that I knew that I was on my way to help develop the future minds of our world. I believe the intrinsic rewards for this profession are far greater than the extrinsic ones and not too many other professionals can say the same. The way a child can make you feel after accomplishing a goal that they thought was not possible without your help is unimaginable. Teaching is the most important job in the world and it comes with a large amount of responsibility. Teaching is a job that I feel I am suited for. I want to touch the minds of the future; I want to teach.
I think that all children have the ability to learn, especially at a young age. I agree with Rousseau and his belief that you can not teach a child until he is ready to learn. I think that if a child does not want learn or is not ready to and learning is forced upon them, it could be detrimental to their educational process. It could put them in a hole to deep to get out of. I believe all children are born innocent, it is their environment and society that shapes them. Most children are curious about the world around them and are always pushing their limits to see how much they can get away with. I know students I will be teaching will be coming from a variety of backgrounds. So I will not be able to approach all children at same angle. The one approach I use with one child might not be the same I can use with another. All children’s level of intelligence and desire to learn is different. As a teacher I will need to present all material in a creative and effective way not only to ensure that each child learns, but that they learn at their own effective pace.
I believe the nature of knowledge is relative, it depends upon the person, the place, and the time. An education, just like a person, is a very beautiful and unique thing. Someone raised in a rural environment would not receive the same type of education as someone who was raised in the city. I know the education my parents received 30 years ago is not the same kind of education I have received. I agree with Foucault’s belief that powers shapes knowledge and knowledge shaped power. The ones who have power have the means to obtain knowledge, but to have power you must have received knowledge first. The old saying stands true knowledge is power.
I believe the over all purpose of education is to convey a large body of knowledge effectively, to...