There aremany parts of our educational system that I disagree with. The problem is that I see fartoo many problems, yet offer few answers. Todays educational systems seem so trendyand political. It almost seems like we should not get comfortable with any one way ofdoing things because policies and procedures change so often. My own philosophy is onethat 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, Ifound many really good ideas. Each philosophy is presented very attractively. And whynot? The people who set forth these particular ideas were very passionate about whatthey believed in. Unfortunately, we could all debate about the different philosophicalviews of education until we are blue in the face.
This still doesnt actually make any oneopinion, better than any of the others. We all have opinions, what we need is commonground between them. Hopefully, that is what my educational philosophy stands for. The metaphysics, or nature of reality, of my philosophy starts with the subjects westudy in school. Subjects should be functional to todays world. Our educational systemis 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 eachstudents environment. Reality can change, because environments change. Textbooksand literature become somewhat obsolete after a while because our culture changes sorapidly. 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 isrelatively useful for all of the students.
When considering metaphysics in the classroom, I believe that religion issomething for outside of the classroom. There are far too many religious beliefs in theworld to accommodate all of them, so that is an area best left alone. This leaves plenty oftime for other areas of development. If it is the wish of a family to have religionaddressed in the classroom, then there are certain specialized schools that do just that. Ibelieve it is the responsibility of the church to educate their youth in these areas.
Lastly, writing skills are important to the metaphysics of my educationalphilosophy. 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 strongfoundation of writing skills make identifying reality, that much easier. The epistemology, or nature of knowledge, in my philosophy is much like that ofthe 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 initself. If we compared how much time we learn in classrooms to the amount we learn outof them, there is no comparison. If an environmental science class is learning how to usea 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 myselfsiding with the pragmatist view. There are many people who are book smart, but not somany of those people can practically apply that knowledge. Todays system praises shortterm memory.
Far too many subjects are taught and then forgotten. If we desire to retaininformation then it must be useful and interesting to us. Knowledge has definitely taken aback seat to the test score. It is very possible to obtain an A, in a subject but notactually learn anything about it.
Todays society values grades, not knowledge. They aretwo 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 ofeducation (plagiarism, dishonesty, etc.
). If ethical values are going to be worthwhile, thenthey must be part of life outside of the classroom as well. If the gap between ethicsoutside of school differs greatly from that of ethics inside the classroom, the learningprocess can be greatly hindered. A perfect example, in my mind, is the recent tragedy atColumbine high school in Colorado.