When I think of education, visions of lasting economic stability, awe-inspiring technological advances and a pool of individuals who may someday make a unified effort to solve/end the ongoing social maladies plaguing people across the globe, come to mind. Although such visions may seem far fetched due to a lack of propereducation in under privileged areas throughout the world, I am one woman bent upon using education as a means to the aforementioned ends. Were aware of the statement, “Well, if it’s not broke then don’t fix it”, this is not a valid statement when dealing with our educational system. Since the early 1800s, Americans have been receptive to many philosophers and their practices of education, even as early as 1050s with influences of Confucius. The American society has adapted to these various types of practices especially when dealing with on going changes in society.
We have adapted a profound amount of philosophical viewpoints regarding various curriculums, the age to grade relationship, pre-schooling programs, higher education to even specifying roles of the student, teacher, learning environment and types of instruction to be taught in the educational organization. The educational system has always adapted to changes but not always reflecting the best practices. As a new teacher in the educational environment, I have already established my personal philosophy of education. An ideal educational environment must be a unified effort of all individuals. Education has to reflect a progressive education. Curriculums should not be test centered but interdisciplinary focus. Teachers of all disciplines must continually plan instructions together and when possible implant similar concepts throughout each subject. This serves for many advantages for both students and teachers.
Students are learning similar concepts with reinforcement of content in each area. The curriculum is the heart in this educational system. It determines what, when and how the academic teaching will be instructed. We must pay close attention to the way we design and implement the curriculum. The interdisciplinary instruction functional purpose is to bring meaningful connections that exist among the disciplines. Students have different learning styles and subjects preference. We must address students need as it relates to the pool of individuals. The curriculum must be flexible with functional instruction.