Philosophy of Education

Personal Philosophy of Education

 

Education is necessary for people to develop to their fullest potential and to learn how to be contributing and beneficial members of society.  It is also necessary for people to be taught how to think on their own so they can challenge norms when needed.  Therefore, important roles need to be filled by teacher and students in order for teaching, learning and thus education to occur.  With this in mind, I will unfold for you in the rest of this paper, the purpose of education, and the roles of teacher and students.

 

Purpose of Education

The purpose of Education is to facilitate learning, and the purpose of learning is to inspire to action.  The reason information is taught is to equip people so they can take action upon, or utilize what they’ve learned.  Everything that someone learns can be thought of as another tool for their tool belt.  This makes the role of a teacher a vital one.

 

Role of Teacher

A teacher’s role is to guide the students in learning.  The kind of information that the teacher is responsible to teach should help students develop to their fullest potential.  This information should encompass literacy in many subject areas including facts and foundational skills. 

Morals in relation of how to operate within a society should also be taught which should supplement what they may have learned at home.  These morals should be taught by the teacher as he or she models how to treat people.  These morals should include respect for others where they are valued as important, taken seriously, and held to the same expectation.  This will build a community that can function properly in a school atmosphere as a community of learners.      

Since students learn in many different ways, they should be taught in many different ways.  This should allow a teacher to adapt his or her instruction to reach a diverse population.  This diversity includes but is not limited to learning disabilities and different classes of socioeconomic status.  Whatever the case, students should be allowed to learn to their fullest capacity and a teacher should do his or her best to set the students up for success.  But a student’s success is not only the teacher’s responsibility.

 

Role of students

Students are the recipients of information.  They should be prepared to learn when they come to school.  Unfortunately, not every child has a supportive family which makes sure they get enough sleep and or food, which are essential in the learning process.  If this is the case, the role of the family can overlap with the role of the school.  However, students are responsible to do their best to learn.  Often this will include pushing themselves beyond their comfort level in order to learn.  Also, they are responsible to be honest about whether or not they’ve learned the material the teacher has taught so that the teacher can continue to teach them what they still need to learn.

 

Conclusion

            Students should be given the proper tools to utilize in their lives for whatever they may want or need to do to contribute to the betterment of their society.  Since a teacher’s actions affect lives, it is their responsibility to utilize best practice regarding teaching, so that their students can be successful.  Best practice would include what is necessary for a student to be ready and able to learn, and to inspire them to action.  When people are set up for success and taught to their learning style in a supportive community, they should have no problem fulfilling their role as students.   

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