Philosophy of Education
It seems that everyone has a different opinion of what education should be and why it is important. In this paper, I will address the philosophy I most agree with: progressivism. I will briefly explain what it’s about and why I agree with it. Then I will give you a brief look at my viewpoints on teaching and education in general.
First of all, I feel that it is obviously in a student’s nature to want to be around others and be social in all that they do. Aside from that, I believe that students also want to gain knowledge and are naturally curious about subject matters both in and out of the school setting. However, subject material that is taught should be relative to each and every student. This is because every child is a unique individual. They have their own mindset for the work that they do and they each have their own personal learning style. Even though certain subjects such as history, for example, are absolute by having facts that never change, it is still necessary to teach these subjects in a manner that is most helpful to each individual student. If everyone is given the exact same material and expected to do it at the same pace and in the same amount of time, there are bound to be some problems. There will always be certain students who push ahead, while others lag slowly behind. Altering material to a student’s specific level not only makes teaching easier, but it also gives the student time to fully grasp the given concept. Students are allowed and encouraged to reach their full potential in this way.
The ideas mentioned above are some of what make up progressivism. They also explain my viewpoint on knowledge overall. I feel that because students have different personalities and learning styles, knowledge is therefore relative. No one takes in knowledge in the exact same way or at the exact same pace, so therefore it must be taught by using various methods. No one way is completely right all of the time.
Now let’s take a look at the overall purpose of education. Education is the process of knowledge being given to those previously unfamiliar with a certain matter. It lays a foundation for the future of the students, and it helps them to prepare for careers and for life in general. However, it is my opinion that education is not only a way to prepare one for the future, but it is also a way to support growth in the way a student thinks, acts and feels. Once a general border of knowledge is put forth, I think students feel encouraged to try and gain more. They will yearn for more information if it has been previously taught to them in a way that they can understand and feel enthusiastic about. I hope that once I become a teacher, I can give students that desire to learn. I want to make a difference in young lives, and help model them into the people that they are destined to become. I want them to be eager to learn and excited for their futures. I hope that they will be...