Education is something that all children in the United States have the privilege to obtain. Though they have this freedom available to them, it is essential to assure that they are provided with a quality education, which will place them on a path to a successful future. With educators who all are working toward the same mission and vision of student success, education is one thing that has the unbounded prospect of elevating children from the grasp of hopelessness and poverty. If educators are cognizant of the individual needs of each student, it can affect children for a lifetime. Therefore, my philosophy of education involves providing an education where students are given every opportunity for success and educated as an individual based on their interests, needs, and aspirations. Education does not just mean reading, writing and arithmetic but, it means that which makes up the whole person. As educators we are not just cultivating scholars but, we are graduating excellent citizens, and well-rounded human beings who are valued and dynamic members of society.
From the moment a student enters the school building, I believe it is crucial, first and foremost, to let the child know that he or she is believed in, cared for, and supported. In dealing with children, it is crucial to focus on the education of the whole child, to be aware of the world from which the child comes, and to recognize that when a child comes through the doors of a school they often come from a world very different from the one in which we live. It is necessary to recognize the fundamental needs of the student and to be able to provide for those needs. We must offer an environment of hope, safety, trust, and stability first before a child can be expected to be successful academically.
It is important for educators to look at children as individuals in order to both understand their needs as they apply to their academic success. Not all students are going to learn the same way. It is markedly important to be diligent in our efforts to ascertain ways to reach all students in order to encourage an atmosphere of achievement. Learning can only be stimulated by a sense of hope and vision. Students must be able to believe in themselves and be able to visualize their goals in order to aspire to and envision their future potential. Students must be encouraged to reach beyond, to think beyond, and to see beyond. Education must provide the stepping stones for children to discover themselves. Experience is the key. Children should be actively engaged in the learning process and encouraged to be problem solvers and solution makers. This should begin with our very youngest students and be built upon as students grow and develop into young adults.
It is the duty of society to make education equally accessible to all. With this, significance needs to be placed on the involvement of not only the teachers, but the family members, and community members who come in contact with students. In educating the whole child, attention must be placed on several factors including the academic, social, and ethical education which will ultimately generate a productive, successful adult, and help to shatter many common societal and familial cycles of failure. It is important for educators to build relationships of trust which foster open communication between family members and community members in order to support students. I truly believe that as an educator we must feel responsibility for all children from the time they enter through the kindergarten doors, until they reach the ultimate goal of graduation from high school. We must look at students from the perspective of graduation even at the young age of five. With this in mind, we will produce successful students who will become productive thriving members of society.