As an educator, I know how very important it is to have one’s educational career backed by a solid and purposeful education philosophy or philosophy of education. An educational philosophy is a tool that every educator relies on, upon, and uses as a compass to navigate through their career pathway. It is the collective concept, ideologies, and practices that inform the educator’s point of view, perspective, and professionalism of which they have come to believe in and hold tenaciously to keep their dreams, resolves, and aspirations alive as they forge through this noble career path.
A good and intentional educator will always make it a point to revisit, review and revise their philosophy of education at several points of their journey, especially when a new concept, experience, or learning has occurred or happened. It is, therefore, for this reason, a new experience, the inception of my blog- “Living Nuggets,” that I now revisit my philosophy of education.
In this journal, I reveal a very passionate side of me, and this is the aspect of my teaching and learning concepts, beliefs, ideologies, and practices. This is a culmination of what makes me a teacher, educator, mentor, facilitator, and model. This is my “Education Philosophy- My Perspective; My Experience.”
Training in Knowledge and For Purposeful Service
‘Training in knowledge and for purposeful service,’ is a phrase that I believe comes to mind when we give genuine thought about the whole essence of education. To me this phrase is most significant; as a result, I have used it as an anchor point to what I believe about education in totality, and thus an iconic representation of my educational philosophy.
I believe training is synonymous with nurturing, a means, or a process of bringing up or grooming an individual in beneficial ways. Knowledge on its own has to do with the impartation of concepts, skills, abilities, and attitudes. Purposeful service is how acquired knowledge is deliberately channeled to impact and help the community, society, and mankind in general. (Brummelen, 2009). This paper therefore will strive to examine and explore the purpose of education, various aspects which are a contributive factor to this purpose, all from my point of view and relating my perspective with other well viable viewpoints that have held sway in the history of education.