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A bit of Education History


13 Sep

How has the institution of education changed? How has it remained the same?

One of the biggest changes in the institution of education is now women are able to receive a education and not just a basic education but they are allowed to go to institutions of higher education. The fact that women have not always been able to receive an education has always been something that has bothered me. Even though some societies allowed education of women as long as it was for religious education like the Medieval societies, the fact that women had to fight so hard to get their rights to have an education shows how important education is in people lives. I think this change in education is wonderful! The more we educate everyone in our society and allow them to explore different ideas and bounce ideas around with their peers the more likely we are to continue to grow and be successful as a society.

What are your thoughts on the purpose of education?

In our class text book Foundations of Education I thought it was very interesting that the earliest societies had many of the same educational goals, “Greek: to cultivate civic responsibility and identification with city-state and to develop well rounded persons, to train soldiers and military leaders. Roman: to develop civic responsibility….to develop military skills” (Ornstein, Levine & Gutek, 2011, p. 60). I found those common goals to be interesting because each society wanted to be the best and while they each went about teaching education in their own ways, they still very similar goals in what they wanted to teach their citizens. I think the purpose of education is to make our students the best possible person they can be. As a society we want to give our students all the tools they need so that when they go out into the world they can be a well rounded individual who will help our society function as a whole. I also like to think that the purpose of education is to learn from our societies, and other societies, past mistakes. Another big purpose of education is so that people can learn about other cultures. By asking the questions what makes people unique, what makes yourself uniques? We can open up many different doors for our students to go through and we make many different results possible.

How have educators from the past contributed to teaching today?

How have educators from the past contributed to teaching today? I think the better questions is: how have they not?! Comenius had a huge impact on how we teach today. It’s interesting that he had to crete these principles for people to think about because now a days you read his principles and think to yourself “duh.” I think my favorite principle of his is number 1: use objects or pictures to illustrate concepts (Ornstein, Levine & Gutek, 2011, p. 98). This concept is so important because today we know that every person learns differently. Some students are visual learners, so are hands on learners and the point that Comenius made when he stated principle one was as teachers we need to incorporate as many different learn styles into each and every lesson as possible so that we make sure our lesson plays to the different strengths of our different students. It was a thought process way before his time and this is a method that is being used more and more in today’s classrooms. The other reason I really connected with this principle is I hope that I can be this type of teacher. I want to be a creative, caring and understanding teacher who strives to do the best that I can to reach all of my students and if that means incorporating as many types of learning styles into one lesson then so be it! I will be the teacher who makes learning fun, visual and hands on. I want my students to enjoy learning and coming to school every day. The educators of the past asked questions that many people were afraid to ask. The challenged people’s ways of thinking about education and most of them were thinkers way beyond their time. They affect students because they brought forth new idea about how people learn, they affect teachers because they offer teachers many different types of teaching styles and challenge teachers to better themselves and their teaching styles.

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