Philosophy of Education
Schools should strive to create a safe and nurturing environment. Students need to be provided with a broad spectrum of learning experiences to challenge their critical and creative energies. Students need to become informed citizens, capable of making decisions that impact the progress of communities. Learning experiences must imbue within each student a sense of respect, admiration and acceptance of differences, and encourage the development of moral and social responsibility.
Teachers must understand the different learning styles and levels of readiness that students bring to the classroom. Lessons need to be fresh, original and represent both teacher reflection and professional collaboration. Moreover, students need to be presented with authentic scenarios. The acquisition of knowledge needs to be placed in a context that students are familiar with. Learners need to discuss and debate contemporary issues and apply their knowledge to seek plausible solutions. Learning experiences need to be diverse, rich and rewarding, inspiring students to become life-long learners.
Schools should be viewed as a community. A school culture needs to embrace the diversity of its community and work towards stimulating the intellectual curiosities of all students. Contributing members of the school such as students, teachers, administrators and parents need to see an educational institution as a living organism, willing to adapt. Through this progressive approach, stakeholders embrace the responsibilities of initiating positive change and furthering a school’s evolution.
A school community is crafted through the collective efforts of its members. Collaboration builds a culture of commitment, respect and sincerity. Successful schools are fostered through the dedicated efforts of the community to be critical, innovative and reflective. A collective endeavor also cultivates mutual respect. Despite the promotion of conflicting platforms, stakeholders understand that education cannot be viewed through a narrow scope. To generate dialogue about teaching and learning, a broad and diverse spectrum of ideologies must be endorsed. Respect between colleagues grows through individual commitments towards improving the quality of learning experiences a school community produces.