Philosophy of Education
Education is something that every person should be given the chance to attain. It is vital for all people young, old, mentally impaired, ADHD, or whatever characteristic they may encompass. I believe everyone has the right to learn and be taught in an school environment. The law passed in 1975, P.L. 94-142, made numerous changes in the way certain children with special needs was being treated in the public school system. With the update in 1991, IDEA (Individuals With Disabilities act) added to the progress to end discrimination towards all exceptionalities. I hope in the future more changes will be accomplished to fully benefit those with exceptionalities. Education is a gift that needs to be made possible for a greater acceptance and tolerance of special education.
The one reason my life is heading down a path towards special education comes from the inspiration of my two exceptional twin cousins. Unfortunately, the twins aren’t receiving an adequate education based upon their individual needs. I realize that children like my cousins need teachers that are willing to be sympathetic to their needs and accommodate each one accordingly. At that very moment, I made up my mind to become a teacher to make changes in the way special needs children are treated in the school system. Although their have been innovations, I believe that more should be accomplished to truly accept and involve exceptional students. My philosophy statement draws from aspects of the many philosophies to assure that I will house all of the needs of my students.
I believe all philosophies should be integrated into the classroom curriculum as much as possible. The reason for this is because all children differ in physiology, the manner in which they learn. Their affective and cognitive domains are not going to be similar. Each child’s attitude towards learning and the way they perceive and comprehend information will be on separate levels from one another some higher, some lower, and some in between. Therefore, to me it is very important to consider each child’s unique individuality when planning a lesson. This way I can be sure that I am accommodating the needs of every child. Furthermore, today’s highly diverse classrooms require a more multicultural approach that doesn’t discriminate against any child.
In addition, every child needs to be placed in the least restrictive environment from gifted to special needs children. It is my opinion that children best learn in an environment that will meet all of their needs to obtain an adequate education. Sometimes this means the general classroom and in other cases children need to be placed in a special education class on a full time basis. Full inclusion versus inclusion has been a debate amongst many teachers. For me the decision depends highly on the child and what fits his or her learning style. I’m going to teach eclectically borrowing from aspects of each...