“Key Idea Identification”
For week 5, I enjoyed the writing of Martin Luther (1483-1546) in “Letter in Behalf of Christian Schools”. I found the following to quote to be very powerful: “But the highest welfare, safety, and power of a city consists in able, learned, wise, upright, cultivated citizens, who can secure, preserve, and utilize every treasure and advantage”. Martin Luther follows this with some very strong words directed towards leaders and their role in ensuring that education is a major priority. Education is always been a major topic among the larger political elections that I have been around for. However, it always seems to take a back seat to the economy. As was mentioned in the lecture, everyone always will have an opinion on Education regardless of their experience working within the field. Unfortunately, frequently these opinions will gain a voice in media outlets.
I also really enjoyed reading portions of the The Great Didactic (1633-38, sel.) by Johann Comenius. I found his views in relation to nature to be very interesting as well as the positive environment that should be created: “4. Education should be carried out not with beating, severity and any kind of coercion, but easily, pleasantly, and, so to speak, by its own momentum”. I particularly like the words selected for the end, own momentum. I think that if we are able to create a climate that is pleasant and enjoyable for our students the desire for students intrinsic growth to occur is more likely. I am also very interested in working with struggling readers. I found the ninth postulate to be advice that is similar that I am encountering with some of the current suggestions for teaching reading. “1. That the pupils have only such books which are fitting for their grade. 2. That these books be of such a kind that they can be called funnels of wisdom, virtue, and piety.”
Lastly, I am still developing my philosophy of education. I found the readings by Arthur Ellis to be very interesting. Ellis breaks down the educational philosophies into traditional and contemporary. In reading about these different philosophies, there were aspects of each that were appealing to me. I like to try and look on the bright side of things. It was mentioned in this reading, that our philosophies on life might be similar to those that we will apply towards education. I think looking on the bright side, will help me to keep an open mind, collaborate with all of my colleagues, reflect, and incorporate strategies into my instructional practice for the benefit of my students.
“Letter in Behalf of Christian Schools” by Martin Luther (1483-1546)
The Great Didactic (1633-38, sel.) by Johann Comenius,
Philosophical Perspectives by Arthur Ellis