Foundation of Education

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Philosophy Of Education

What is the goal or the purpose of education? What is education for?

My definition of education would be to learn or to gain knowledge of something

through the teaching of others or through ones self. One of the definitions from

the Webster's dictionary states that education is the activities of educating or

instructing or teaching, activities that impart knowledge or skill. Both

definitions of education appeal me the most important two words that deals with education are teach and learn. My first introduction here will be about the teaching process of education. Why do we teach? By definition Teachers are leaders, and simply put: leaders lead.

Teachers lead their students through and to the path of knowledge. According to the Foundation Of Education text "Teachers also demonstrate leadership by working with others and modeling desirable behaviors." Teachers are paid to teach and that is a fact, but in most instances, teachers goal is to educate students for better, highly recognized and progressive professions that will and in many instances, pay the students more than what the teachers themselves are being paid for teaching them. Why do we learn? We learn to gain knowledge, to comprehension, or mastery of something through experience or study. Basically we become students to learn, and become more educated so we can better ourselves and others. Students are educated to whatever level of knowledge they have in that area in which they study. Therefore, because of ones level of education in a certain field, they can now acquire a job in which they are qualified for and be able to work effectively in. Depending on a person's curriculum and instruction they can get a good job that brings them vast financial wealth.

Curriculum, what is it? Curriculum in general refers to what is taught in School. The word curriculum to some people means a set of subjects, subject contents, a set of performance objectives, and a course of study. In short curriculum is a series of student experience in schools and curriculum varies for different schools. There are a number of different types of curriculum's such as explicit curriculum, implicit curriculum or hidden curriculum, null curriculum extra-curriculum and lastly, integrated curriculum. Of all those curriculums, the one that that stood out the most and which also interested me implicit curriculum. The curriculum in which I speak about is the implicit curriculum or hidden curriculum. I like to use the name hidden curriculum because this is a curriculum that is hidden from the view of many people. Since this curriculum interests me the most, I decided to learn more about it, and also solicited information from a couple of college professors on what it meant to them. According to these professors, their views are that this curriculum is hidden from society. This curriculum is simply to educate students that are wealthy per say to learn how to start and run a business and how to become good bosses. However, on the other side students that are of lower income, this curriculum teaches them to be good workers of the business owners. This disclosure came as a surprise to me, it came off as bit of a shock to know that there was such a curriculum. It is now a common knowledge to me that decisions about what is taught in schools are made by many levels of government and by many organizations. I think that the government and the many organizations should organize the content so that every student weather their black or white, boy or girl should have a fair chance in learning whatever it is that will help them to become financially wealthy. I don't think that just because someone is born into a certain level of wealth that they should automatically be taught things that will cause them remain in that level. Students should learn whatever it is that there capable of learning and schools to meet those needs. In my opinion, there should be a...
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