Vision on Education in the United States
I reckon the words of George Couros that one’s legacy as an educator is determined by the impact you bear on your students. This is a noble idea about legacy because when you empower students to own their learning, they become creators, dreamers, builders, and tinkerers. An empowered lot grows into innovators who bring about change in the world. I am a writer and instructor because my teacher empowered me to own my learning. I would like my students to remember me for believing in them even when they don’t believe in themselves to get over the hurdles throughout the education course.
Looking into the lives and future of my generations, I would like them to hold a legacy of a kind and supportive father figure. Being a teacher, I would love to remember myself for being passionate, interested in the subjects I interact with and caring about my learners. I believe these qualities will make me a memorable figure in their lives.
The discipline of philosophy contributes indispensably to the realization of the fundamental goals of education. Philosophy plays a critical role to ensure that learners not only retain academic knowledge in all completed grades but also acquire a sense of ethics and values. Through philosophy, learners can receive a better upbringing to help them navigate later years of life.
Envisioning something new in education calls for an engagement in a challenging and dialogic process to reconfigure schooling. Simply put, the current system was developed in a different generation and customized for a different society. Society is at growing risk because of an education system that does not consistently prepare children to assume future roles and is least effective for underprivileged children. In this context, I envision a learner-centered system that offers equal opportunities for children to thrive and participate in their communities, country, and global community.
Perhaps the most influential philosopher in the education field is Plato. Plato’s philosophy view education as a means for achieving justice at an individual and social level. Plato postulates that individual justice is attained when one develops their ability to the fullest, thus excellence. Socrates views excellence as a virtue, which is knowledge. Hence, knowledge is critical for achieving a just society.