In Experience there is Direction
I believe that greatness is within all of us; we just need a little help finding it sometimes. I have come to understand that one caring person can make all the difference in someone else’s life. As I venture further into my teaching career, I hope to help my students to Education is a journey of seeking answers and experiencing. Every human being has the ability to learn and apply meaning to education. Learners should not be encouraged to surrender to the ideals and beliefs of a set curriculum. Rather than settling for the minimum learning requirements written out based on the expectations of the state, students should encounter knowledge, build a solid structured foundation, and then branch out to master the skills and ideas that they wish to develop and pursue. Learning then becomes a map of the sea. Students may be influenced by the way the wind blows and the tossing of the waves, but they have the knowledge and ability to adjust their sails to follow the path of the desired horizon. As educators we should not be neutral in our teaching, but radical and dynamic so that our students can learn beyond what is normal, static, and unchanging. I believe that the historical foundations of knowledge and the truths revealed by the past are vital to the knowledge of the future, but I also believe that we are agents of change and that we should teach our students to not only build upon and consecrate the truths of our past, but to challenge them and use them to think critically and make new history.
Alicia Michelle Guridy
Student ID: 3091026
Dr. Samuel Smith
December 9, 2012
A Philosophy of Education:
The Destination is the Education
The journey of education is continuous. My hope is that my students never stop learning as long as they live. As human beings, students have a spirit of curiosity to discover their purpose, the difference between right and wrong, the meaning of life, and the truth that defines everything that they know. In making these discoveries, students must be motivated by their teachers and their peers. The parts that teachers and peers play in students’ lives are crucial in making their learning experiences more memorable and meaningful. Along with motivation, students need a reference of application to understand how the subjects that they are learning will help them in later life. A reason for the journey or, in other words, the aim for the students experience in the classroom, should be clearly identified for the students to see how they can utilize classroom knowledge in life and for their future careers. By incorporating motivation, support, and excitement about learning along with purpose and values, students will be able to arrive at a desirable destination. Their destination will be a career particular to their individual gifts and desires. In their attempt to arrive at this destination, a student’s education is a journey on which they will learn and discover knowledge and values that will prepare them to fulfill responsibilities, sustain their excitement for learning and to help them live more productive and meaningful lives. I think that learning is about going beyond the essenti
Worldview and Education
After observing what has taken place in history and how knowledge has been developed, I wonder what the world would be like without those people who dared to learn beyond the essentials of curriculum, what inventions, philosophies, and social structures would not be in place if we did not have thinkers who believed that education was not the birthmother for agents of change. Education needs structure and a developed curriculum to abide by, but teachers should allow for flexibility to adapt to the needs and interests of the students. If students only learned what was required of them in a static, structured environment, they are sure to forget most of what they were...