My Philosophy of Education Essays

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My Philosophy of Education

Words cannot explain why I want to be a teacher. Personally, I don’t know why anyone would not want to be. The fact that I might teach anyone something that could be helpful in his or her life is just astonishing to me. It can also be scary, because you can hurt as much as help. I found that out the hard way. I had a teacher that didn’t care the way she should have. Therefore, I got behind. I did learn that it takes more than just knowledge and training to be a teacher. It takes a special kind of person. A person with a huge heart, full of love for children. Their well-being must be your top priority, not the all-mighty dollar. If I had to summarize why I want to be a teacher, it would be my love
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Perennialists urge schools to spend more time teaching about concepts and explaining how these concepts are meaningful to students.

The progressivism approach is to prepare students for change and enable them to think independently. Students should also be taught subjects in humanities and sciences that will result in students being able to reason and develop problem-solving skills. Our knowledge and our society are constantly changing. For example, fifty years ago in West Virginia a young man could quit school in the eighth grade and easily find a good paying job in the coalmines with excellent benefits. Today in West Virginia a high school graduate has a difficult time finding a job making minimum wages without any benefits.

The influence of television in today’s society has made children have a short attention span and seem to have a need to be entertained. Also, children have a greater interest in after-school activities such as sports and cheerleading. Rousseau’s philosophy is that students should exercise mind and body together. I agree with this philosophy but think the same attention should be given to classroom educational activities.

Students need to be involved in the classroom by participating in-group assignments such as experiments or discussions. By actively participating a student is more likely to remember the lesson than if the teacher simply lectured. According to Rousseau, teachers should inspire a desire for learning

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