Philosophical Statement I believe the purpose of education is to teach students academic facts and philosophies as required by the Standards

of Learning of the Virginia Department of Education while applying that knowledge to modern topics and current events. Firstly, it is important that students learn basic academic facts and principles to prepare them for academic testing, for college, and for success in their chosen field of study. This idea is a basic tenant of the essentialist educational philosophy. Secondly, I support the active role of students in lesson plans and I firmly believe I should treat each student with respect as an individual and should do everything in my power to motivate and help each student to develop a passion for learning and to succeed in his or her education. Students should come out of the classroom with the understanding of the academics taught and the desire to apply what that knowledge to current events, as expressed in the progressive system of educational philosophy. Additionally, I strongly believe in mutual respect of both the teacher and the student in the classroom. I will treat each student as an individual who deserves respect while also implementing policy of respect for the teacher as the leader of classroom discussion and classroom rules. Finally, I believe in using parts of the reconstructionist philosophy in the classroom by implementing postmodernism in classroom discussions of works that I’m teaching by encouraging each student to think about different perspectives of a situation within the correct context of history, the individual, class, and potential bias. My ultimate goal is to become the best possible teacher for my students by helping them to achieve and succeed in the classroom.

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