The Goals And Philosophies Of Existentialism And Progressivism

1160 Words Nov 7th, 2016 5 Pages
Jean Piaget once said, “The principal goal of education is to create individuals who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done.” This quote stuck with me throughout my years of studying to become an educator simply because I want to stand out as the educator who challenges and pushes my students to think outside the box. I want them to strive to do new things in life and not just become another statistic individual who follows the same path that was laid before them growing up. I believe that every student, particularly young adolescents, is unique and is capable of contributing something positive to the world. It starts with me as the educator. It is up to me to provide, not just the classroom itself, but a safe environment that allows them to take risks and share their ideas. The foundations surrounding my educational beliefs came from personal experiences and the philosophies of Existentialism and Progressivism. I remember back in high school I had this one teacher, Ms. Moore. She taught Spanish 1 and was a phenomenal teacher only because she really cared about her students. She cared, not only just about learning to speak Spanish, but the individual and their needs. She created a positive learning environment that was safe for me to share my ideas with her and my classmates. As a teacher I want to create that same kind of environment for my students. Existentialist education focuses on culture and individual nature. Having…

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