“Plants are shaped by cultivation and men by education... We are born weak, we need strength; we are born totally unprovided, we need aid; we are born stupid, we need judgment. Everything we do not have at our birth and which we need when we are grown is given us by education.” Let me use this very intelligent philosophy by Jean Jacques Rousseau as a foundation of my own philosophy of education.
Every individual needs to be taught properly with adequate tools and supplements to grow as a good, productive and complete person. Just like nurturing a plant, which requires enough water and sunlight, fertile soil, a fence to protect it from harm, and most of all a green thumb. In educating a child, the green thumb must be possessed by a person who will nurture the child… a teacher! The teacher is not just the mentor inside the classroom giving lectures, explaining theories and concepts, teaching the ABCs and 123s. A teacher is someone whose heart and soul is devoted in shaping a child. Parents, siblings, friends, experience and the society are teachers because they affect and influence a person of how he should act, react, behave, think and decide. A mother for instance, is the child’s first teacher. She keeps on talking to the child to train him to talk, as the child grows, she holds his hand to train him to walk and she gives all her heart and support to teach him to face life. So, Education should be conducted in a relaxing atmosphere. In the classroom, for instance, the physical condition of the classroom should be at its best; well-lighted, well-ventilated and comfortable seats, then the teacher should be friendly and approachable, with presentable looks, well-modulated voice and good teaching strategies. As a whole, the Department of Education should provide adequate educational supplies, design a good curriculum and plan how teachers and students work better in school. Based on my personal experiences, I remember handling the lowest section...
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