Philosophy of Education

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Philosophy of Education

My experience with K-12 education was solely in a public school in an upper middle class community. My school had good equipment, good teachers and very positive parental support. So looking back, I question why I did so poorly. Where was the ambition and motivation that I now use to pursue my academic goals? There are several reasons which I will discuss.

First I feel kids need to be challenged everyday at school, but beyond that they need to be able to accomplish goals. The tricky part is how to motivate the kids to put forth the effort it takes to accomplish goals. A Perennial approach would suggest discipline, structure, and a strong authority figure to guide them. Also a rooted dependency on time endured methods. This from and San Diego State University (ND) "Perennial means "everlasting," like a perennial flower that comes up year after year.

Espousing the notion that some ideas have lasted over centuries and are as relevant today as when they were first conceived, perennialism urges that these ideas should be the focus of education. According to perennialists, when students are immersed in the study of those profound and enduring ideas, they will appreciate learning for its own sake and become true intellectuals" (SDSU p.1). I personally lean toward this method although I acknowledge the fact that some children will not respond well or even rebel against a purely Perennial approach, as I would have. Knowing this I look towards a more Progressive teaching style. Give the children more responsibility, a student-centered

democratic classroom. Rosalind Rossi an education Reporter out of Chicago reported this (2000), "More progressive teaching, emphasizing student discussion and projects, produced higher Chicago test gains than more traditional approaches that stress memorization and multiple-choice tests, a draft study indicated Tuesday.