Philosophy of Education

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My Philosophy of Education
by Javier Medina

I grew up in Venezuela, where education follows a model in which the teacher shares his knowledge with the student and the student learns from the teacher, not the other way around. I believe this model would benefit from some changes to create more successful individuals in both their professional and personal lives.

In the Venezuelan classroom, the teacher takes an active role. It is a one-way street where he or she provides the information and evaluates the student. As a consequence, the student takes a passive role, listening without any input or feedback. The teacher should allow the student to participate more with his opinions and ideas. In this way, the teacher also benefits from this interaction, maybe learning more about his subject or life in general.

Teaching should be under context taking into consideration the world we live in. I remember when I left home to go to college. Even though I was a good student from first grade to high school, I was not prepared to face the world on my own. I knew little about personal finances, negotiating skills, even basic household management such as cooking and laundry. Math, Chemistry and Physics are very important subjects, but they should be taught in a way the student can apply the acquired information to be successful in his day to day life.

Both school and family need to put emphasis in teaching values that will develop well-rounded individuals. How many times have we met professionals that lack of honesty or respect? Every teacher should include these values as part of the learning process because they will be required to each one of his students throughout their professional careers.

I see education as an interactive process where teacher and student should be learning from each other. A teacher should be flexible in his methods and allow the student to give his...
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