My philosophy of education is that everyone should have the same opportunity of education which will open up doors to a better world. Each person is different in many ways but that does not mean that with a few differences in teaching them, caring for them, and making them feel that they are in a safe learning zone they will not be able to learn. As an adult figure in an educational setting we have the responsibility to teach by setting a good example and letting the students know that they are capable of whatever they set their mind to. As a result of having educated members of society, not only will they benefit as an individual, but an entire community will as well.
Education is essential in life, what we learn beginning in childhood is going to help us shape our future and what we do with our life. As Graham (2009) states, “Education is not an end in itself; it is a means to develop a response to our calling in life. (pg. 49).” An educator’s ultimate goal should be to help shape successful members of society. Every student we come into contact with will be different in many aspects. It might be physically or learning differences and as educators we should be well prepared and equipped to make the necessary adjustments to help the student, without making them feel different. The educational environment a child comes in to, should be one where they feel safe and loved.
Philosophy of Schools ; Learning
The philosophy of schools has changed over the years. In the article, Have Schools Always Worked This way, it is stated that, “In 1875 President Ulysses S. Grant campaigned for a constitutional amendment to mandate free public schools and prohibit public funding of religious schools. This amendment (known as the Blaine Amendment) failed, but was adopted in most state constitutions. The idea of public school began to become part of the fabric of America. Free education was a positive outcome, the negative side to this was that it did not included those who preferred to receive a religious education. When education first began it was set up to be the same for everyone in the classroom. There was not a difference between a child with disabilities and all their other classmates. Today we have different forms of teaching a class or different accommodations based on a learning or physical disability. Everyone is deserving of an education which will form a respectable member of society.
The bible is seen by many of us as our guide in life. We use it as a guide to know what God calls us to be like. If we would use the bible to know how we should be as a person we would understand that we must love and respect everyone no matter if they are the same as us or different from us. Graham tells us that the bible is a used as a doctrine of the way we should live our lives. Graham (2009) states, “The bible is written to address the heart of human beings. As it dies so, it opens the eyes of sinful people so that they can perceive God and reality from a truthful perspective. (Pg. 12)” People understand that this is the way in which Jesus lived his life and we should try and follow his steps in the best way possible.
Graham (2009) states, “Christian educating and teaching redemptively require us to create an atmosphere of grace in which our students can breathe the life-giving air of the gospel. (Pg. 9)” As educators we are called to make our students feel the peace that God gives us and that should be transmitted through us. A Christian philosophy of education is that of doing and acting in a way in which it will show respect, love, and benefit for everyone who is going to take part in the learning. Everyone has a unique perspective on worldview but as the person creates that relationship with God, they will learn and understand what they are called to do and what they should do.
In order to have an effective educational setting of safe learning, we as educators should promote respect, love and equality for everyone who walks into a classroom. In order to accomplish this, educators should teach by example. We cannot ask someone to do something we are not willing to practice ourselves. As we teach our students to be respectful and understanding of the needs and differences of others around them, we should do the same. Students will do as they see and not what they are told to do most of the time. Instructional practice should be based on what is ethically correct because this will be in the best interest of the student as well as the educators. What I hope to accomplish through this practice is to give every child I come into contact with a sense of being able to accomplish what they set their mind to, knowing that as an adult I am there to help them.
Teacher Learner Relationship
The relationship between teachers and students is necessary in order for students, as well as for teachers to be successful. Students seems to be more successful when they feel that their teacher is accepting of who they are and feel that they have someone who cares about them. Students can perceive that the teacher really cares about them when they take their time to make sure that everything is ok with their students and that if there is something going on, they are willing to do anything in their reach to help them. When students feel this way, they will be respectful of the teacher, they will be open to learning, and at the same time make the teacher’s job more enjoyable and less stressful. This means that the teachers will do a better job at attending to their student’s needs. Newberry (2008) states, “supportive teacher–student relationships are correlated with higher school-related functioning, emotional competencies, and the motivation to succeed.” A positive teacher-student relationship includes correcting the student when something needs to be corrected. Gutek states, “Although the teacher should be tactful, patient, and kind, he should not hesitate to demonstrate his competence and authority by correcting the student’s mistakes (pg.69).”
The role of the student in education is to be responsible in what it is asked of him or her. The teacher is responsible for making the appropriate accommodations for students and making sure the material is being presented in a format in which it will be easy to learn for the student. On the other hand, while these accommodations are made available to the student, the student will have to work and participate in the classroom activities to make sure that they are successful.
Partnership Between Parents and Teachers
Partnership between parents and teachers is important and beneficial for children. Many times, people have the belief that teaching is only the responsibility of the teachers, but that is not true. Parents need to be part of the learning process of their children. Nurmi (2014) mentions in the study, “although it is teachers who play the key role in supporting children’s learning and their academic development at school, parents too can be involved in their children’s academic lives in many ways” (pg. 454). It is true that teachers have been properly trained, but for this same reason parents should form a partnership with teachers. If parents communicate with teachers, they will be able to explain to parents what are some ways in which they can help their children.
As educators we always have to keep in mind that every child we come into contact with will be diverse in one way or another. This might be having a diverse, culture, customs, disabilities, language, family, or social class, we should remember that this is alright and be respectful and caring of every single one of them. Whatever the difference is between the students or even between student and educator, everyone is worthy of being treated with respect and equality. As mentioned before children learn from what they see more than what they hear and as the adult in charge it is our responsibility to teach them, acceptance, love and respect for everyone around them. When a child perceives that he is not accepted for who they are, they will develop fears and not show what they are capable of demonstrating what they know. The child will not have the trust that someone is by them to help them in whatever they need. As the bible states, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8).” As God asks us, we must love, respect, and protect those around us.
As Graham (2009) states, “when we develop the culture according to those norms which we perceive to be correct, we participate righteously in our caretaking task. Finally, a true understanding of the origins and meaning of the creation, the task to which we are blessed to be called, and the provision of wisdom so that we can pursue that calling can only lead us to worship (pg. 25)”. When we understand what God wants from us we will transmit that to others. In this case, talking about education we will transmit his love, peace, and respect to all those children will have the opportunity to have an impact on in one way or another.
Being involved in a child’s education will not always be easy and there will always be pressure. As educators we are expected to be the perfect role model by many, whether we hold the position of a teacher, a counselor, or any other position that takes part in the child’s education. This is a profession for someone who wants to help others be better every day. This is a job for someone with a passion to care for others and making sure that they are doing good every time they come into contact with them. This is a profession for someone who is loving, caring, respectful, and be willing to transmit these qualities to the students they are working with. As mentioned before not only is the educator there for the good times but to correct the student when someone is not following a rule. At the end, besides teaching children, our goal is to create a safe zone for all the children, a place where they feel they are loved and cared for, no matter what their circumstance is.