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Importance of Philosophies

of Education
Mr. Christopher L. Birung

- Presenter -

Philosophy begins with wonder.


- Socrates

1. PROVIDES THE TEACHER WITH A


BASIS FOR MAKING HIS DECISIONS
CONCERNING HIS WORK.

A philosophy of education makes the


teacher use his judgment in terms of that
philosophy instead of using his judgment in
terms
of
custom,
tradition,
and
superstitions. For instance, it is the
philosophy of education of the State to
promote the study of science.

A pregnant woman believing in superstition


desists from eating nutritious food to avoid
having a big baby that will result in a
difficult childbirth. But medical science says
otherwise as nutrients make a baby
physically healthy and mentally alert. Using
the philosophy of education, the teacher
should teach his female students who would
be future mothers to eat nutritious food
during their period of pregnancy.

When you examine a philosophy different


from your own, it helps you to "wrestle"
with your own thinking. Sometimes this
means you may change your mind. Other
times, it may strengthen your viewpoint; or,
you may be eclectic, selecting what seems
best from different philosophies.

Eclectic
- Selecting what appears to be best in
various doctrines, methods, or styles

2. HELPS THE TEACHER DEVELOP TO A


WIDE
RANGE
OF
INTERESTS,
ATTITUDES,
AND
VALUES
CONCOMITANT TO HIS PROFESSIONAL
LIFE AS A TEACHER.

Philosophy of education does not only involve


one interest, attitude, or value but involves
several. Take for instance nationalism. As
mentioned before, there are many ways of
teaching nationalism such as the flag
ceremony, teaching of history, study of the
biographies of national heroes, military
training, music, civic organizations, teaching of
values, etc. Hence, the teacher is bound to
develop a wide range of interests, attitudes,
and values.

3. MAKES THE TEACHER MORE AWARE


OF HIS OWN LIFE AND WORK, AND
MAKES
HIM
MORE
DYNAMIC,
DISCRIMINATING,
CRITICAL,
AND
MENTALLY ALERT.

This is because as a teacher, there are


many ideas, theories, fads, and the like that
come his way and so he must be very
critical,
analytic,
discriminating,
and
mentally alert in comparing such ideas,
theories, and fads to the philosophy of
education he is adhering to. He cannot
afford to make a mistake. He must not lose
his sense of direction provided by his
philosophy of education.

4. PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION SAVES


TIME, MONEY, AND EFFORT.

If a teacher has a valid and definite


philosophy of education to follow, he does
not waste his time, money, and effort in
trying other philosophies that catch his
attention.

Thank you! God bless!