A Philosophy of Education

Essay by ameliabethUniversity, Bachelor'sA+, December 2002

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Education is important to me for a number of reasons. I believe education is fundamental in forming a person's beliefs, attitudes, esteem, and aspirations. It is a foundation upon which we determine our future and goals. Although I know that I will probably never gain prestige, wealth, or status by working as an educator, I firmly believe that there is simply no other profession for me. There is nothing I could do with my life more fulfilling or meaningful than to assist a child acquire knowledge about the world in which we live.

I have many beliefs regarding effective instructions, however, above all I believe that teaching methods should be tolerant and adaptable to the values, cultures, and aptitudes of all children. An effective teacher should be aware of the various attitudes and culture systems within a classroom and should always strive to build positive, trusting relationships with each student.

Tolerance and respect should be taught in a reciprocating manner with a combination of compassion and discipline. Social interactions are an important part of a child's education, particularly in early and middle education, when a child is getting familiar with the structure of school and his peers. Teaching children how to interact with each other in a variety of settings should be a continuous goal, and learning goals should include examples of multiculturalism, democracy, and the negative effects of discrimination. This part of a curriculum is essential in guiding our students to becoming well-adjusted individuals capable of later forming healthy personal and professional relationships.

I believe administrators should be responsible for acquiring and maintaining a highly trained staff of teachers, guidance counselors, aides, and other school personnel. Continuous education and training experiences should be provided, and educators should feel that school's administration is there to support and assist them in...