Before this trimester, I have always thought of education in the most fundamental aspect. I knew that teachers have to be trained, curricula made, and systems developed but I never dug deeper than all these. Now, I just learned that one has to philosophize education in order to become an effective learner and educator.
The Pragmatic Link
On a daily basis, we know that teachers come up with goals and values. There are various choices that compete for their attention. Some of these options harmonize while others repel.
For instance, we all know that there are multiple types of intelligence. The perennial question now stands – how would an educator hold a class wherein both academic enthusiasts and visual artists are in attendance? What could be acceptable behavior to some teachers may not be the same with other educators.
Such scenarios have led to countless debates and here is where discussions turn philosophical – one educator now tries to defend his educational philosophy as would the other.
Every day we encounter different philosophies in life – in fact, there is no one universal philosophy. Political views vary as are religious beliefs. There is even philosophy in choosing one’s diet or college course.
Philosophy of education, therefore, is making sense of what is being taught (whether academically, musically, financially, or whatnot). Without educational philosophy, what we’ll perceive are just scrambled letters of the alphabet that would have no essence.
With these simple reasoning in mind, our conception of philosophy involving education now raises us from being mere animals. As I have argued in our first group discussion, we are higher beings compared to feral creatures so we must gain intellect and nourish it so that we can grow individually or as a nation.
And as future educators, we must develop our own educational philosophy now and stand firm by what we believe to be essential and true. This firm conviction in one’s philosophy will lead us to conceptualize methods and systems that will improve the quality of education in our country.