Philosophy of Education and why you need one

My Philosophy of Education

Philosophy of Education and why you need one for your familyAs parents we need a philosophy of education. We need to know definitively what we expect from a curriculum, from the teachers and administrators, and from our children.  I have discovered how important this philosophy is to achieve the desired outcome in rearing our children. In all aspects of life.

We recently made the decision to leave the school that my daughter attends and put our support behind a brand new charter school that is opening in our area. It is Classically based and better yet, tuition-free. Operated by ResponsiveEd, the Founder’s Academy series of schools is an amazing opportunity for us. Our daughter will be getting the education that we thought we had been paying for at her current school.

There’s just one little problem. It’s 34 miles away. Which means a 40 minute commute. One way. What to do, what to do? Well, it just so happens that they have a position open for someone with my experience.

I created an account and started to fill out the online application when I happened upon a box requiring my “Philosophy of Education”. Huh??? I’m a receptionist, not a teacher. So how does one go about declaring your philosophy on how children should be educated? Thank you, Google. I now know what is supposed to be in said declaration. I now have a better perspective of how to raise that child to be a leader.board-1044088_1280

I spent three whole days agonizing over what to say. I know what I want for my child. I know what type of education she should be receiving, I know what I expect of her teachers, and I know what the end result should be. For a non-professional writer without a college degree, how does one express that on paper?

I did finally verbalize it only to have my husband question it. His quote: “Where did you get that? Who did you quote?”


I then informed him that on occasion, I can communicate without slang and cliches when I have time to form proper responses. I think three days is adequate time. My philosophy of education is as follows:

“I believe that children should be placed in an environment, whether that be home or facility, that allows their natural curiosity, inquisitiveness, and artistry to flourish. I believe that teachers should be open-minded and receptive to each child’s needs and methods of learning, and that those same teachers should be able to recognize when their own abilities are no longer capable of meeting a child’s needs.

Education for children should include mental stimulation through mathematics, sciences, reading, penmanship, social studies and the like, physical development through P.E. classes which factor in a child’s developmental age, sensory stimulation that allows a child to learn to react to their environment appropriately, spiritual nourishment (not necessarily religious) to promote confidence and well-being, and finally, civic responsibility including how to be a good neighbor, a good friend, and a good citizen.

In essence, education should provide for the whole child. We demand that children be set aside for upwards of eight hours per day, so as parents, educators, and governing bodies, we must provide an environment that nurtures as well as educates our future.

I am a strong proponent of Classical education, which has been used for thousands of years, and was the method used to teach America’s founding fathers. In my opinion it is the best method for inspiring our children to make themselves into responsible, intellectually honest adults.”

What do you think? Is that adequate? What would you add? Have I persuaded you to verbalize your philosophy of education? Please let me know in the comments.

3 responses to “My Philosophy of Education

  1. Anna Harris

    Hi, Melissa! Thank you for connecting with me via my blog, Thawing Out! Much appreciated.

    I just read through this post on your education philosophy. I think it is really great and insightful! Like Sophie, I found your husband’s comment and assumption humorous. Come on, hubby, give her some credit when credit is due.

    I especially liked your phrase, “intellectually honest adults.” Touche! That is so needed…for children and adults alike. I think that developing and teaching (and modeling) good character traits or virtues is very important for a school to incorporate if — as you said — they have responsibility for caring for children for the majority of a day’s waking hours. I think this is what you were referring to when you said something about civil responsibility, including learning to be a good friend? Maybe you could explore this a bit more, in more depth or detail about what you have in mind? Who would decide what “being a good friend” means, for example?

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Good stuff to ponder.


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