Philosophy of Education
As Malcom Forbes once said, “Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.” As a future teacher and educator, I heartily agree with the quote from Mr. Forbes, a successful businessman. Because I have been a student in school since I was five years old, I have had many opportunities to look at my education and assess what I have truly learned. Honestly, I can say that the most important part of my past and current education has been being exposed to the many ideas and concepts of our world today. Aside from learning about the all important “classic” subjects, I have been fortunate enough to be educated by individuals who truly wanted to teach me, as well as other students, to make a difference in the world.
Due to the condition our world is in today, I feel it is extremely important to teach my future students about such issues as racism, gender inequality, war, legal matters and environmental issues, just to name a few. In order to be a successful person in the world today, it is imperative that all citizens are aware of the many non-educational issues surrounding them. It is vital that every person is capable of making rational decisions on his or her own. These ideas and skills are not something that parents alone can teach their children, simply because so many children do not have parents that are involved in their lives. Therefore, it is the school’s responsibility to teach the students about all areas of life. Every student, regardless of background, race, sex, and ethnicity will be educated on how the become a more worldly person. No one, thanks to a free public education, will be denied the right to learn.
Because I hold these views, it is clear that I embrace a Social Reconstructionist Philosophy as my outlook on education. My goal is to not only instruct my students on the many important educational issues, but to mold them into better citizens as well. With more worldly knowledge, our students will become strong leaders in their communities, striving to make our world a better place.
In addition to Social Reconstructionism , I do draw some more important ideas from both Perrenialism as well as Essentialism. I am an avid reader and I feel blessed that I actually enjoy this all too important skill. However, there are many unfortunate individuals who do not know how to read, and if they can, they are not interested. Reading is a skill that will never go out of style. People will be reading until the end of the world. For this reason, I think that the Perrenialist approach to reading the “Great Books” is ideal. Every student should be educated on the literature that has shaped our world today, as well as on how to think critically. In addition to learning about critical thinking and the foundation of America, students should be required to read on a regular basis. It is necessary that all students today strengthen their reading skills, and reading assignments will give them much...