August 2, 2011 by k. liz
So, I’m at my in-laws currently, where my husband and I have stored many of our things while we’ve been out of the country. It is interesting to come back and to see all the things that I’d forgotten about for a year. Something I just came across this morning was my “Philosophy of Education” essay that I had to write while I was in University. It started me thinking again. Some of my thoughts have . . . not necessarily changed, but maybe they’ve been refined since I’ve left University.
I attended a Christian University, and many of the educational majors were being trained for private Christian education. Much of my philosophy of education was centered around teaching kids about God, Jesus, and how He would change their life. But, I am not teaching at a private Christian school. So . . . where does that leave my educational philosophy? Well, here are just a few thoughts on it for this morning. I’d love to hear what shapes your philosophy and how that plays out in the classroom.
- First of all, based on teaching in the Bible, and based on the fact that I am accountable to someone that is not only bigger than this world, but created and holds this world together, I feel that I am responsible to be the absolute best teacher that I can be. My philosophy pushes me to strive for excellence.
- Secondly, I believe that what anyone believes effects their eschatology – their view of what will happen at the end of the world – and that eschatology must of necessity change they way that they live presently. My eschatology leads me, in education, to see that the world will not exist this way forever. Therefore, I don’t really know how much time I have to make a difference in this world. This causes me to live each day with an urgency and a dedication to doing things now while we have the opportunity. My philosophy pushes me to go hard and fast in the classroom to prepare students for whatever great things they may be able to do in their lifetime.
- Finally (for this morning) because I am a Christian, because I have experienced an indescribable love from my Jesus, there is no way that I can live and not work to share that love with others. As I am striving to live up to the example that Jesus has given me, his standard of perfection, I cannot escape learning to love fully and unconditionally as he did. My philosophy pushes me to truly love and care for my students with patience.