I have been mulling this over a few days. Hoping to come up with something witty and inspiring. What do I believe about education? My answer has changed over the years. As I have matured as an educator, became a parent, varied my experiences and shared with other educators I find I am not the same teacher I was 20 plus years ago (thank God). I am sure I will be different educator in another 20 years.
I began writing my list of where I stand now but the list kept going and going and going. So I have summarized it into a few key beliefs, a snapshot of my philosophy of education at this point in time.
I must preface this with a quote attributed to Mark Twain, “I never let my schooling interfere with my education.” I think that really reflects my current view. My children hear me say it often, in fact I have caught them telling others.
…education begins at birth and ends with death. It is not limited to what happens in schools.
…all people should be educated to reach their fullest potential; academic, creative and spiritual.
…learning how to learn, reason and share what you know are fundamental to education.
…learners should frequently ask themselves “how do I know what I know?” They need an understanding of the theory of knowledge.
…education is an active process and often collaborative
…education must be adaptive and flexible to the changing needs of the learner and society.
…the desire to learn is an intrinsic value but it can be encouraged and fostered from without.
When I am in one of my more cynical moods I might include, that schools should not hinder the educational/learning process. But that is more a transient thought of mine then a persistent belief.
Now the truly hardest part of the meme who to tag next. So how about