Philosophy of Education
Many educators have at some point had to define their philosophy of education. Whether it was for a Master’s class, or for a professional development directive, I think it important to, from time to time, define that which we stand for in education. I would go so far as to suggest that we as educators write a philosophy of education every year. As our personality and practice evolves, we, too, need to define that change regularly. Since it has been a while since I have written my philosophy of education, I humbly share it here. I encourage all others in education to do the same when the opportunity arises. I think it keeps us honest to our principles and profession.
- That I am a crucial part of the educational environment in which my students learn. My actions, mood, and approach have great impact upon my students.
- That every student has a right to a supportive learning atmosphere regardless of personal background.
- That my role in education is isolated from a student’s parentage and home life. It is not the student’s fault whether there is parental support at home. This is not relevant to my role as the teacher.
- That I can improve my practice greatly by being connected to educators around the world, and that the best practices are being redefined by talented educators at all times.
- That my ability to stay current on society, technology, and the workforce will benefit my students.
- That my job is not 9-5, and that my responsibilities do not end at the end of the contract day.
- That I have the right to have my express opinions and criticisms of the educational institution, and that I have a key role in speaking up for students.
- That I have a responsibility to defend my profession and my students from politically-charged attacks.
- That students deserve tabula rasa in all interactions, as they are growing and building their principles. I understand that they may make mistakes as a part of growing up. These mistakes are learning experiences, not indications of a student’s true color.
- That I cannot stand for status quo in education, and must fight for constant improvement and evolution in my practice.
- That all of my students deserve a fair shake and respect in all interactions, as students, particularly teens, often mistake harsh criticism for dislike or disrespect. I will make a point to make sure criticism is specific and constructive.
- That I owe it to the profession to do all I can to improve myself, and share what I can with others in order to better the profession.
If you dare, please respond with your own philosophy.