ECS 210

Paulo Freire

Question: “Find a quote about education (probably from a theorist) that connects with your philosophy. In a post, unpack that quote. Think about what it makes possible/impossible in education. What does the quote say about the teacher, about the student? How is it related to your own philosophical understanding of curriculum and of school?”

“The teacher is of course an artist, but being an artist does not mean that he or she can make the profile, can shape the students. What the educator does in teaching is to make it possible for the students to become themselves.” – Paulo Freire

I believe what Paulo is saying is that as an educator you should be teaching the content of the curriculum in a number of different ways that meets the needs of the learners. An artist’s traits are described as being creative, ambitious, etc. These traits should be resembled in an educator when instructing. An educator should always be molding and creating new, engaging ways to present, or instruct the content. The educator makes it possible for the students to learn information in their own way whether it be through pictures, movement, etc. I believe what Paulo was saying was that each student learns in a different way, the educator needs to observe the way the students learn best. The students should never have to change themselves to learn in the same manner that the educator teaches.

Paulo Freire suggests that the role of the teacher is to act as a facilitator for their students. They are required to take the content that needs to be learned and present it to the students in a fashion that is easiest for them to understand. The role of the student is to learn in a setting where peers and their culture encourages growth and comprehension. The students are seen as individuals that learn uniquely, they should not be taught as a group of students.

The very first line to my educational philosophy states, “My goals of teaching reach far beyond the outcomes of the curriculum and focus on each individual separately.” This quotation relates directly to my philosophy of education, because it requires the educator to make adjustments for each individual so they are able to find what works best for them and not have to change themselves.


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