Teaching Philosophy

I believe I can summarize my views regarding education in one sentence:


“My main goal as an educator is to prepare the students for Life with a capital L.”


In order to do so, when I teach, I try to keep in mind the 5 objectives that I have for my students:

  • I want them to be able to define who they truly are. If they know themselves, it will be easier to determine their personal goals and the means to reach them.
  •  I want my students to have a mind of their own. I want them to be able to think for themselves without fear of speaking their mind. It is important to know information, it is even more important to know where to find it when you need it. And because sometimes even adult logic doesn’t make sense, I tell them: “You do not have to believe everything everybody else tells you, including me.”
  • I want them to be “articulate.” It is one thing to speak up, it is another to make a point. “You can say everything you want to, but you have to be ready to explain and backup your ideas with a strong argumentation.” In brief, “this better be good.”
  •  I want them to be “responsible individuals.” I want them to be able to handle any future situation on their own and assume every consequence that could result from the choices they make. I want them to have enough fun to live their life to its full extent, but I want them to be serious enough to understand that life is precious and should not be wasted. The key word is “balance.”
  •  I want them to be skilled and versatile. Any skill taught could always be adapted to another situation, and if they adhere to this concept, they will make their life a lot easier.


Finally, I would like for them to read and reflect upon the following with an open mind:

          Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world. 

Rule 1 : Life is not fair -- get used to it! 

Rule 2 : The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself. 

Rule 3 : You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both. 

Rule 4 : If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss. 

Rule 5 : Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity. 

Rule 6 : If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them. 

Rule 7 : Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent's generation, try delousing the closet in your own room. 

Rule 8 : Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they'll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life. 

Rule 9 : Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time. 

Rule 10 : Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs. 

Rule 11 : Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.”

Mimi Jones,
Aug 4, 2010, 5:14 PM
Mimi Jones,
Aug 4, 2010, 5:14 PM