As a pre-service teacher I have had a lot of time to think about my beliefs when it comes to education, and why I want to be a teacher in the first place. I believe that teachers have the unique opportunity to make a direct impact on their students lives. There are many jobs and career paths that make our world a better place, but being a teacher provides the up close and personal ability to change the future of society. That change would be impossible without education. At this point and time my philosophy of education goes something like this;
“I believe that children learn in different ways, and there are many different abilities in our classrooms today. No one way of learning is better than the other, and no ability is greater than the other. Every student has a unique strength that should be held to great value. We need to learn about each other’s strengths and celebrate our diversity. The learning environment of our student’s should reflect all the diversities of our real world.”
Nelson Mandela says “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” I believe this statement has influenced my philosophy as a pre-service teacher. We are a diverse world from may cultures, religions, and socioeconomic statuses. Though many people will forget it, we are ALL humans FIRST. The key to empathy and understanding is education. Educations about other cultures, education that will help students fulfill their passions and purposes in life, and education that is inclusive to all. When education includes all of these things, empathy and understanding are born. Empathy and understanding are the tools that will help our students make a change in their world.