Philosophy of Education
Everyone has their own personal views on philosophy and they also have their own educational goals, myself included. Over the course of this paper I will discuss my views on philosophy and my educational goals. Furthermore I will address the nature of students; the nature of knowledge; the purpose of public education; my methods of teaching; and finally the curricular areas that I feel are the most important.
First I shall discuss the nature of students. Much like Rousseau, I believe humans are born naturally innocent and are largely shaped by the environment, they are also partially shaped by nature. Every single person has the ability to learn. Nature and nurture determine how much they can learn and how well they learn it. Some people are born or develop certain mental/physical handicaps that give them great difficulties in learning mental and physical skills. On the other hand some individuals sometimes referred to as child prodigies learn with great ease. Neither should be ignored, and both should be allowed to live to their fullest potential, while giving others the same equal opportunity. Not one individual should be treated less or better than another should. However if someone needs extra assistance in learning, they should receive it in full.
Students are also greatly shaped by their environment. Their families teach them basic skills and moral lessons as soon or before they can comprehend them. During school age, different subjects can shape a student’s life. For example a child who finds math very easy compared to the rest of their subjects may find a job as a mathematician later on in their life. While a child who finds math extremely hared compared to the rest of their subjects, might try to avoid any future job opportunities that involve math. Not only do the subjects affect the students’ lives; the actual teachers themselves can have a great impact on students’ lives also. I firmly believe that elementary school teachers are one of the most influential experiences for children. One bad/good experience with a teacher can affect the whole life of a student.
Now that I have addressed the nature of students, I shall now discuss the nature of knowledge. First of all I believe knowledge is relative, it changes everyday with new discoveries being realized all the time. Knowledge is also different for everyone, and it depends on the person, place, and time. As I stated before with the mentally/physically handicapped and child prodigies, no two people are exactly alike. They learn on all kinds of levels and variables, including speed, how much, etc.
Now that I have addressed the nature of knowledge, I shall now discuss the purpose of education. I believe the overall purpose of education is to discover the truth and pass it on. Also, by passing on knowledge we can keep life at it’s present state and allow it to...