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Caitlin Flick
EDUC. 1301.100
Dr. Ellis
9 April 2015
My Philosophy of Education
Teaching is a wonderful career that is slowing becoming a profession. It has been my
dream to teach since the tenth grade when I discovered how a teacher must feel when the student
really gets it. It made me want to become a teacher so that I could have that effect on students
as my teachers have had on me. I discovered that there was more to teaching than just presenting
material to students and hoping that they retained it. I discovered that there are different
philosophies of education and learning styles that go hand in hand with them. My personal
philosophy of education is a combination of progressivism and perennialism with a teaching
style that is centered on all styles of learning and diversity.
I believe that students can learn better through a combination of perennialism and
progressivism. While these two philosophies would not seem to fit together as one has little
flexibility in the curriculum while the other is partially self-directed and flexible to the needs of
the students, I believe that these two philosophies can harmoniously come together to help the
students to get the most out of their education. Perennialism focuses on classic ideas and allows
the students to develop their own reasoning and morals. It is centered on concepts rather than
facts which is where my love of literature comes into play. I love literature because it gives me
something to think about instead of facts to consider, and this is what motivates me to keep
learning and growing in my education. Progressivism is based on the needs and interests of the
students and allows for experiential learning. In my opinion, students can get the most of

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learning if they are a part of what they are to be learning. Students can get the most out of
learning by experiencing the concepts and seeing them in their textbooks. To me, these two
philosophies can be pieced together in a way that is most beneficial to the students and teacher
since perennialism is teacher-centered while progressivism is student-centered.
In addition, curriculum and assessment go hand in hand as well in that curriculum is what
the students will be learning while assessment is how I, as their teacher, will go about teaching
them. Curriculum needs to be flexible without being completely put in the hands of students
because some students will not always have their best interest in mind. It needs to be flexible to
accommodate and keep the interest of the students while still being able to keep them on task and
teach them concepts that will benefit them. These are some of the ideas that perennialism and
progressivism incorporate. Both of them come together to give students and teachers a safe and
beneficial learning environment. Assessment is by definition the evaluation or estimation of the
nature, quality, or ability of someone or something according to the Merriam Webster
Dictionary. This means that the philosophy behind the teacher plays a key role in defining how
the teacher assesses what must be taught to her students and what will benefit them. My
combination of philosophies will be a direct product of how I will teach my students, of how I
will assess what needs to be presented to them and how. This way of assessment ties into the
different learning styles and multicultural diversity in todays public schools in that it defines
what kind of educational opportunities such students will receive.
With my stance clearly stated, it is easy to predict how I will act when faced with
students that may have a different learning style than that of the rest of my class and those that
come from a multicultural diverse past or lifestyle. My philosophy of education is my backbone
to how, what and the level and expectations at which I teach. When I finally reach my goal and

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receive my certificate I will go out with hopes to find a job teaching what I love with students
eager to learn. This is a utopian goal because I am sure to face certain road blocks. For example,
there are three main styles of learning: auditory, visual, and kinesthetic. That means that students
may not all be programed to learn to their fullest the same way the student in front of them
might. I will help and encourage my students to succeed by teaching to all the different learning
styles instead of just one so that all my students get the same opportunity. This same way of
teaching will be used to help any student that I may encounter that may need special attention
due to their diverse multicultural background. I will not let a cultural difference get in the way of
a students education or their future.
In closing, I have discussed my philosophy of education which turns out to be a
combination of perennialism and progressivism. I also discussed how I will use a flexible
curriculum that is filled with high expectations for my students to help them to succeed and
move forward. Lastly, I gave my stance on how learning styles can be given full attention to
with the way that I implement my philosophies of education and how all students that walk
through my door, no matter their cultural background, will be given the same equal opportunity
to follow their dreams and make a future for themselves. My philosophies define me as a
teacher, and I will use them to define the next generation.