My Philosophy on Education
When I first read over the assignment on educational philosophy, it was not something I gave much thought to. It also seemed like a daunting task as I read the handout. The terminology alone was foreign, Metaphysics, Epistemology and Axiology. I had to look Axiology up in the dictionary, I thought it might be some sort of medieval craft lumberjacks practiced. Then when reading chapter nine things became somewhat clearer to me. I wrote down notes and some thoughts while reading the chapter. Then once I reviewed the notes, the notes helped formulate my foundations and philosophies on education. The easy part was done and now below I will try to explain my philosophies on and about education. "All Men by nature desire to know" (Metaphysics by: Aristotle) words spoken by Aristotle over 2500 years ago. They are timeless words, the statement itself is as powerful today as it was in ancient Greece. Aristotle was a man dedicated to acquiring knowledge. He studied for 20 years at the Academy, under the teachings of Plato (www.edu.research/iep/a/arisotol.ht m, paragraph 1). His phrase is the basis of what my philosophy on education is. We need to know and we need to share it. It is the "it" part that separates the teachers from the rest of the public. My love is History and I never get tired of reading about it. I also am known to expound my knowledge of it excessively. I need to know what happened in the past and think everyone else should know as well. One of my favorite authors is David McCullough, he states " History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are the way we are" (John Adams by: David McCullough). History shapes us, it gives a hint of what we might be. I also believe we are only doomed to repeat past mistakes if we do not learn from them. Whenever someone tells me history is useless, I think back to World War II. Hitler in his mad quest to rule the world, waited too long to invade Russia. The Russian winter would eat up Hitler's troops much like it did to Napoleon's a century earlier (Hitler's War: Germany's Strategic Decisions 1940-1945 by: Heinz Magenheimer). Because of that, he duplicated what Napoleon did and brought his empire to a crashing halt. The Russian winter would eat up Hitler's troops much like it did to Napoleon's a century earlier (Hitler's War: Germany's Strategic Decisions 1940-1945 by: Heinz Magenheimer). The desire to know is what helps form our Logic and how as individual we each see things on our own unique way. Only by increasing our knowledge can we also increase our validity to solve problems. While epistemology defines reasoning as one way to gain knowledge, logic defines the rules of reasoning (Page 352, Paragraph 6,Teachers, Schools and Society, 7th Ed. by Sadker). I am committed to helping students learn, to revert away from standardized testing and memorizing useless information. Once a lesson plan is put into action it should help students with their inductive reasoning. Take for example that a syllogism is modernly known as "a particular kind of argument containing three categorical propositions, two of them premises, one a conclusion" (Page 1, Paragraph 2, Aristotle's Syllogism: Logic Takes Form by: Professor Gregory Crane 1995). In simpler terms if men are mortal and Greeks are men than all Greeks are mortal. When students are able to use their inductive reasoning they are better able to learn and retain new information. One example might be the execution of Charles the 1st of England. (Personal Rules of Charles 1st by Kevin Sharpe). The majority of people can tell you they know that Charles the 1st was executed but many cannot say why. Its when you can take the events leading up to his trial and link it all together, that your able to see the big picture on why he was executed. I think every time you teach a lesson plan, students need to see the end result or big picture first. The ability to take information...
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