National Philosophy of Education

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A study of philosophy of education seems imperative today, for we are in a critical era of transition. There has always been change but seldom at our present accelerated rate, creating in many individuals what Alvin Toffler called future shock. It is easy for people either to embrace more and more change with little thought to eventual consequences or to resist change and keep old values no matter what. We can say that philosophy of education is the application of philosophical ideas to educational problems. The practice of educational philosophy is not only a way of looking at ideas but of learning how to use ideas in the best way. No intelligent philosophy of education is involved when educators can do things simply because they done in the past. A philosophy of education becomes significant when educators recognize the need to think clearly about what they are doing and to see what they doing in the larger contact of individual and social development. The Malaysian Philosophy of Education aims to help build a better human capital. However,before going deeper into this idea, what is actually the meaning of human capital? According to Wikipedia, an online web based info site,human capital is the stock of competencies, knowledge, social and personality attributes, including creativity, embodied in the ability to perform labor so as to produce economic value. It is an aggregate economic view of the human being acting within economies, which is an attempt to capture the social, biological, cultural and psychological complexity as they interact in explicit and/or economic transactions. Many theories explicitly connect investment in human capital development to education, and the role of human capital in economic development, productivity growth, and innovation has frequently been cited as a justification for government subsidies for education and job skills training, it is now clear on what exactly does the Malaysian National Education Philosophy aims to build. A better younger generation which will hopefully help to propel the country towards a better future .

The question is, who is responsible in making sure that these ideas and philosphy are implemented in every day teaching? The clear and simple answer would be, teachers. Teachers are the main moving mechanism in making sure that the National Education Philosophy is implemented in schools and effects the younger geneeration. Education and state formation is tightly linked with each other. Without education, the coaching process will not be achieved. Certain countries need educated citizens in all aspects of physical, emotional, spiritual and intellectual as contained in the National Education Philosophy.The above statement illustrates the major role which was supposed to be implemented by the formal education system in Malaysia in building a united nation and moden. This situation also shows how much responsibility should be taken by teachers in educating children to fulfill the philosophy. However, teachers who have a high stage of professionalism needs to be clear mandate namely those who actually gave birth to a balanced human being in terms of knowledge and moral character that any knowledge obtained can be channeled to favor the interests of religion, nation and state.Indeed, this is where the importance of pure temperaments to be formed within the learner so that the desire to achieve a product that has quality becomes a reality. Teachers are the people who bear the responsibility to achieve the goals of the Philosophy of Education. To realize this vision, the teacher should prepare himself with enough knowledge in advance. A teacher must equip himself with the general knowledge and knowledge in the subject, as well as teaching knowledge. For imparting knowledge to the students well, teachers must acquire extensive knowledge in the subject being taught. Teachers should always equip themselves with general knowledge and current issues that...
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