The Reflection Of Education: My Philosophy Of Teaching Students

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To adequately teach students, teachers need a plan in mind as to how to most effectively reach todays student’s. There are several different philosophies of teaching students, some slightly differing from one another and some varying in all degrees, but all philosophies are intended to reach students in the most effective manner. My philosophy is progressivism. Progressivism concentrates on a more contemporary society, student benefits and needs, while teachers aid as guides and implementers. The philosophy is built around personal experiences, interests, and the needs of students. Progressivism is a more student centered philosophy than an essentialist approach. Student-centered philosophies stay more focused on students’ needs individually, relevance of today, and helping students be prepared for a constantly changing future. Progressivism puts the student as the ultimate focus of the educational process, and together teachers and students decide what should be taught and what is the best way for students to learn. The progressive philosophy is greatly influenced by the belief that lessons …show more content…
I think that the purpose of education goes beyond academics, skill development, and civic knowledge. I believe that students should learn these things; but also, how to work, how to be a good friend, and how to be a good spouse. Our future community leaders and our future jail residents both will go through the school systems and both will be required to participate in the purposes of education. I believe that teaching student’s moral values is just as important as teaching them a government set curriculum; and that in doing so, more students will become successful community leaders. Harvey also states that "Schools have always been about developing students for life and work—and life is much more than earning a living; it is also living a life.” ("What Is the Purpose of Education?",

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