Philosophy of Education 2.0

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I believe in a hands-on, critical thinking, research based education. An education that teaches our children how we live, work, and be successful in the 21st century; an education that motivates students to think outside of the box, that challenges their beliefs, opinions and ideas. I believe in an education that helps their individual growth and encourages self- discovery. Education needs to integrate intermingling of all subjects, leading to collaboration, making it more about the experience for the students rather than the outcome. Steven Madoff states,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This has completely shaped my philosophy. Our students should be able to identify themselves and their artistic talents in the art world. I believe that art education should be a basis of growth and individual autonomy for each student. These aspects of intermingling subjects, creating experience and collaboration between students, and encouraging autonomy and individual growth are things that I could easily accomplish in a preexisting educational institution. I believe in the creation of artists and critical thinkers; the production of individuals who know how to solve a problem, rather than just being able to repeat the answers.

 

I will provide my students with an abundance of knowledge in the arts, ranging from techniques to historical facts, and from contemporary artist references to social reference between visual cutlure and modern day living. This will be discovered through the hands on learning and inquiry based research education that I will provide. There will be reflections on their own art making practice as well as other artists' making practice that will be researched and analyzed. My students will be able to identify possible solutions to a problem that they are faced with, through the process of gathering information, analyzing, reflecting and creatively thinking of a solution with their artistic brains. I will provide my students with an opportunity to voice their opinions. I will provide my students with the notion to accept failure. To allow themselves to fail and look back on the experience in order to grow in their education, artistic abilities, and autonomy. 

 

 

Programs should mingle like guests at a cocktail party. Classroom facilities, studios, galleries, offices, shops, and lecture spaces should be evenly distributed across the field and available to all, including the public, enfolding and educating the future supporters, benefactors, and collectors of the community and the art world at large (175) [1].

Having employment in any educational system that can allow me to work with students one on one to meet their individual needs is what I am aiming for. Whether that be a museum based educational program, an after school program that collaborates between an educational institution and an organization out in society, applying for citizenship in a foreign land to teach art at an international school across the globe, or traveling from school to school in order to meet the needs of students who are lacking an art segment in their schedules. I believe it's beneficial for my students that I am an artist before art educator. I understand the difficulties and challenges that are thrown at growing artists, and it's my hopes to show my students that it's easier than they'd think to defeat the devils on their shoulder. I want to bring the art world and community into the art room at my school, and show my students that they are supported and encouraged to make the work that defines them. I want to bring new experiences, ideas, and opportunities not only into their lives as artists but individuals. Students should be encouraged from all angles to pursue their dreams in any way possible. I want to be that voice that tells them they can, encourages experimentation of techniques and exploration of their ideas, and pushes them to keep moving forward. 

 

My personal philosophy as an art educator is completely depended on my students and what's best for them. I want them to become flourishing individuals who can live happy and successful lives. Individuals who are problem solvers, critical thinkers, and creative artists who can pull their talents into whichever career they decide to delve into. I want my students to shape their lives based off the experiences they live out. Roger Schank declares, "Teachers are supposed to be people who help students find their interests in life, think about how hot make decisions, and understand how to approach a problem, or otherwise live sensibly. Teaching means being available to help" (xiii-xiv) [2]. I want to be there to help my students find who they are and succeed in life in anyway that seems to fit themselves, rather that's art related or not. I want to make a difference in my students that leads them to live successful, flourishing lives.

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[1] Madoff, Steven Henry. Art School “Propositions for the 21st Century. Cambridge, Massachusettes: The MIT Press, 2009. Ebook.

 

[2] Schank, Roger. Teaching Minds: How Cognitive Science Can Save Our Schools. New York: Teachers College Press. 2011. Print.