My Personal Education: A Personal Philosophy Of Education

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A Personal Philosophy of Education Education is the foundation of society. It will take place in the home, in the school, and in the community. People educate based on what they believe, and what they believe is formed through their experiences. Having taught for a quarter of a century, my education is still ongoing; teaching is a craft to be honed throughout the course of a lifetime. As the country and the world wrestle with new ideas, the means and methods of education will change, but the goal of education will not. As a teacher, it is imperative to understand the view of learner, the role of education, and my personal role as an educator.
A View of the Learner
An educator should view the learner as a fellow human being. Humans are seekers, constantly looking for satisfaction. Socrates said that the ultimate end of all activities was happiness. He said that no one ever
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Education involves cultivating humanity (Nussbaum) through accumulating knowledge, learning through experiences, developing good habits, and fulfilling purpose in life. Dewey said that “education is not a preparation for life; education is life itself.” Educators must create lifelong learners. Education is not limited to a school building; it actually begins in the home.
Parents are a child’s first teachers, and the first goal the parent wants to achieve is to raise a disciplined child. John Locke said that discipline can begin at infancy by giving what is needed, but not always what is wanted. Parents must teach children to obey authority; I would add that in today’s world, a parent must also be selective in those they allow to have authority over their child. Much of a child’s early education should involve play, routines, and obedience so they are ready to begin school. When parents do not fulfill their responsibilities, teachers must attempt to make up for the gaps created by the

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