for me to explain. There are
many parts of our educational system that I disagree with. The problem is that I see far
too many problems, yet offer few answers. Todays educational systems seem so trendy
and political. It almost seems like we should not get comfortable with any one way of
doing things because policies and procedures change so often.
My own philosophy is one
that many people have heard of, “If its not broken, then dont fix it!”. This is simple,
and so am I.
Upon reading some of the different philosophical views towards education, I
found many really good ideas. Each philosophy is presented very attractively. And why
not? The people who set forth these particular ideas were very passionate about what
they believed in. Unfortunately, we could all debate about the different philosophical
views of education until we are blue in the face.
This still doesnt actually make any one
opinion, better than any of the others. We all have opinions, what we need is common
ground between them. Hopefully, that is what my educational philosophy stands for.
The metaphysics, or nature of reality, of my philosophy starts with the subjects we
study in school. Subjects should be functional to todays world. Our educational system
is far more diverse today than it has ever been, and our subject matter should reflect that.
The reality of the subjects studied in school, should also reflect upon the reality in each
students environment. Reality can change, because environments change. Textbooks
and literature become somewhat obsolete after a while because our culture changes so
rapidly. That is not to say that classic pieces of literature are not of use in the classroom,
but each literary product presented in the classroom should hold some information that is
relatively useful for all of the students.
When considering metaphysics in the classroom, I believe that religion is
something for outside of the classroom. There are far too many religious beliefs in the
world to accommodate all of them, so that is an area best left alone.
This leaves plenty of
time for other areas of development. If it is the wish of a family to have religion
addressed in the classroom, then there are certain specialized schools that do just that. I
believe it is the responsibility of the church to educate their youth in these areas.
Lastly, writing skills are important to the metaphysics of my educational
philosophy. Writing is a necessity in order to accurately document events and opinions.
Distinguishing the difference between fact and fiction can be quite difficult.
But a strong
foundation of writing skills make identifying “reality”, that much easier.
The epistemology, or nature of knowledge, in my philosophy is much like that of
the pragmatists. I believe that interaction with the environment is a key part of education.
Education should extend outside of the classroom. Life is a constant learning process in
itself. If we compared how much time we learn in classrooms to the amount we learn out
of them, there is no comparison.
If an environmental science class is learning how to use
a compass in the woods, then that is exactly what they should do, literally.
Another part of my epistemology is problem solving. Once again I find myself
siding with the pragmatist view. There are many people who are “book smart”, but not so
many of those people can practically apply that knowledge. Todays system praises short
term memory. Far too many subjects are taught and then forgotten.
If we desire to retain
information then it must be useful and interesting to us. Knowledge has definitely taken a
back seat to the test score. It is very possible to obtain an “A”, in a subject but not
actually learn anything about it. Todays society values grades, not knowledge. They are
two very different things.
The axiology, or the nature of values, is also a very sensitive area to touch upon.
Moral values, for the most part, should be taught at home. Ethics are an important part of
education (plagiarism, dishonesty, etc.). If ethical values are going to be worthwhile, then
they must be part of life outside of the classroom as well. If the gap between ethics
outside of school differs greatly from that of ethics inside the classroom, the learning
process can be greatly hindered. A perfect example, in my mind, is the recent tragedy at
Columbine high school in Colorado.
The students who went into school with .