“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 to us by education” (Jean Jaques Rousseau). Without education we are limited humans. Education evolves are minds into becoming the best we can be. Teachers are given the opportunity to not only be the conduits of knowledge from books, but have the ability to persuade someone to be all they can be and form them as a person.
I believe that students not only go to school for an education, but to learn who they are and what they can be in the real world. My philosophy is associated with the Pragmatism philosophy which its goal is to acquire the ability to function in the real world and develop problem-solving skills. If a student goes to school and learns just basic skills, that can only take them so far in the real world. A Pragmatic learning environment is collaborative and self-regulated which makes the children more open to learning and feel less pressured if they do not understand something. Students go to school to learn and if that learning is stopped at book work, they will not know how to progress their lives after schooling. I also believe in some of the Perennial philosophies. Some students are not taught at home what is right from wrong or what is morally acceptable and as a teacher you are given the opportunity to guide a student in the right direction on. Students should learn how to think critically, creatively and constantly keep trying to go higher. Teachers are the shapers of not only the students intellectual minds but there personality and who they are going to become. To be an effective teacher you have to reach to every student’s needs and I believe by doing that through both Pragmatism and Perennialism.
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