Philosophy of Education for Foundations of Education Essay

1533 Words Mar 6th, 2007 7 Pages
Outline: Philosophy of Education
I. Introduction
A. Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences
B. My future classroom
C. My role as a male educator
II. Definition of Philosophies
A. Philosophies
1. Existentialism
B. Ways of Knowing
1. Eastern Ways of Knowing
a. Chinese thought
C. Styles of Teaching
1. Humanism
III. Conclusion
IV. References

Introduction Education is an ongoing process based upon experience. The old adage you learn something new everyday is very true, and nothing fascinates me more than simply talking to other people; you can learn so much from them. Education is the foundation of our American society, and the children of today are the future of our country, but educating them is not enough;
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Sparking that fire is the idea behind existentialism, and in a world where we are essentially meaningless, it is up to us as teachers to inspire our students to grasp the freedom they have, bring meaning into their life, and use that excitement to find meaning in all that they do. Also, in sparking critical thinking, students will engage in a thoughtful and reflective process similar to Bloom's taxonomy where a number of levels of learning are happening, dependent on how information in the classroom affects them and their existence as well as essence.
Another important tool we can use to define our philosophy as a teacher is the Ways of Knowing. I feel like I identify most with the Eastern Way of Knowing, particularly the Chinese thought because of the emphasis on moral development. Understanding facts and theories is important in education, but sometimes it is hard to distinguish what is actually necessary from what is trivial. Preaching morals allows us to respect others, particularly elders, and gain from their knowledge, something that cannot always be taught in the classroom. Also, it will foster a more productive and peaceful society, one that is the best to learn in.
Confucianism and Taoism play a large role in this type of knowing as well, and the reliance on harmony can be compared to the need for smooth transitions in the field of education. Although Confucius implemented the need for rules and standards,

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