This weeks philosophers were much more interesting to me in direct application to my philosophy of education – whatever that is I still don’t know – as well as more easy to understand, in some regards.
We started off the week talking about St. Augustine. Where Plato believes that knowledge is important in the role of education, and Aristotle believes it to be habitual character, Augustine takes a different look at the role of education through formation of the heart. Augustine, though not a teacher, did teach in church settings and gave practical advice because he sees teaching as similar to reading scripture.
The reading we had for St. Augustine was his Homily on the first epistle of John. In this homily he states that there has to be an order of love. See for Augustine, love is the most important thing and this should be evident in how a classroom is operated: everything in the classroom should be done out of love for the student and point towards love of God.
In this way Augustine warns against using scientific proven research in a classroom; he does not want to block out any other ways of teaching and he has found that by making an idol of scientific proven research, one looses trust in other ways of teaching.
As Christians, I see his point that everything in the classroom should be done out of love for the student. In my mind, why are you teaching if you aren’t doing it out of love for the student, and wanting a greater good for them, but over all, wanting to do it to glorify God (showing love for Him)? In the bible we find in Colossians 3 that everything we do should be done to the glory of God – everything should point towards Him, even teaching.
Many of you reading or responding to this are in the education program already. Why are you guys wanting to be a teacher? What do you envision your classroom to look like? Do you agree that the classroom should resemble love in its many roles? No right or wrong answer, I’m just interested what others thoughts are and if you have talked about this idea in any of your other education classes? Other undergrad students like me, feel free to also answer as I’m sure you have an opinion on what your classroom might one day look like.
Or if there are no answers for these questions, what is a classroom setting or year in your past which has really stuck out to you? What about that year made it stick out? Whether a private or public school, was it the teachers passion and love for the topic and the students that made that year and that classroom environment ideal for learning? In my experience this is true. How about for yours?