The Pursuit Of Education : Booker T. Washington, An Educator And Advocate For Black Civil Rights

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For the Pursuit of Education
Booker T. Washington, an educator and advocate for black civil rights, stated in his autobiography Up From Slavery, “I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed” (1900). This quote illustrates the reason why I wanted to take this class--because it acts as a stepping stone to my career as an educator. Already, in the first week of class I have learned how far we have come as a county as well as a country. From the struggle of segregating classrooms and essentially having two “separate communities” to now having stronger race relations. Overall, I hope to gain a thorough understanding of the current state of education through so as I enter the field, I may evaluate and assess what can be bettered in the system. My experience education has varied over the years. From Christian private school up until 7th grade to homeschooling for a year. Next, I transferred to a fairly white middle school and high school until moving onto a private school for the latter years of my high school career. In all those various experiences, I have had good teachers and teachers who did not have the teaching style necessary for me to learn. However, despite all the various teaching environments, it all helped cultivate my love of learning. To see the passion on my teacher’s faces when they enjoyed the class really encouraged me to love whatever…

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