A Career in Education

A Career in Education
I have been interested in a career in education since I was very young. My grandfather and grandmother both retired from the school system (one as a principal and the other as a Home Economics teacher). I look to them as role models. Helping others understand the world around themselves has always been enjoyable to me.The purpose of public education is to allow the citizens of the United States a chance to become educated to a national standard that enables them to compete for jobs or higher education wherever they choose to live. This is extremely important because it allows people to aspire in their field of interest or expertise, despite their backgrounds. This permits the United States to have the capabilities to compete in and dominate world markets. On an individual level, it allows people to achieve a greater sense of self-worth than they might otherwise be able to obtain.

As a student, I have found that I support several different educational philosophies. These include essentialism, progressivism, and social reconstructionism. I feel that in the classroom I will need to be merge these philosophies in order to reach all students and to optimize their learning. The areas I would like to graft together would result in a style of teaching that would address the problem of ?A Nation at Risk? that continues to plague our educational system. I will do so by covering the ?basics? (main subjects) of essentialism, while being delivered in the experience-centered style of progressivism. Offering the students information in an experience-centered environment allows them to apply it to things they already know or are associated with. An approach focused on cooperative learning activities, critical thinking, and scientific investigation will give children the tools they need to succeed in life, no matter which path they choose. The class would also work on problem solving, decision-making, creative thinking, and many other social reconstructionistic methods in groups and in individual settings. The classroom discipline will be tailored to age and number of students allowing as much freedom for them as possible, and requiring them to make many of their own decisions?something that will have practical application throughout their lives.

As a curriculum, I place a strong importance on text with emphasis on the basic fundamentals of education. However, these books should be student friendly, full of illustrations, and easy to understand. The curriculum should promote the critical thinking aspect, emphasized by social reconstructionalism, and promote creativity rather than dwell on memorization, which discourages attentiveness in young children. Reading, writing, and math are the areas that should be emphasized because all other branches of education originate in these basic areas, which are often neglected in favor of more fashionable standardized testing sprees. If these are mastered, the others will be much easier to comprehend.

During my professional career as an educator, I plan to become involved in many continuing education programs and education-oriented associations to become as effective and updated as possible. I believe it would be beneficial to eventually pursue a master?s degree in education. A teachers? union will also be added to the list of organizations to which I will belong. Perhaps if more teachers have masters? degrees and a union backing them, the teaching profession will gain well-deserved respect?both financially and socially.

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