Philosophy of Education: Summary & Closing Thoughts
Education is a complicated, life-long process involving learners, teachers, families, communities, and the curriculum. Underlying my entire philosophy, is the belief that education must always place the best needs and interests of learners first. I believe that the role of the teacher is best summarized as a facilitator. Teachers should not impose of learning on learners, this is neither effective nor respectful of learners, rather they should facilitate learner-centred opportunities that give learners an active, creative, risk-taking role in his/her learning. Teachers should not view families as barriers to education nor impose an oppressive, monolithic education system on communities, rather teachers should facilitate collaboration which genuinely involves family and community in order to create an education which reflects the needs and desires of family and community. Finally, I believe that teachers need to take a broad view of curriculum as to ensure that the curriculum as a whole is truly reflective of our societal values and is accommodating of the individual needs of students. As long as we share the belief that education must be in the best interests of students, I believe meaningful collaboration is possible because of, not despite, our differing viewpoints. The result, I hope, will be a learner-centred system of education that we all can be proud of.