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Educational Philosophy


            Students should be able to receive equal educational opportunities no matter what their age, race or sex.  All students should be exposed more or less to the same curriculum, no matter what their abilities.  The curriculum should be centered on the basic subjects: math, science, language arts and social studies.  Schools need to prepare students for problems that they will encounter in the outside world.  Schools should provide students with a firm grasp of basic facts regarding books, people, and events that have shaped the nation’s heritage, as well as facts about the state that the student is living in.  The information that students are taught should not only be aimed at the immediate needs of society or the student, rather what is important for the future of the student.  This includes reading, writing and speaking skills.

Teachers are role models for students inside and outside the classroom and should at all times act as a role model.  Schools should instill values in their students, such as sharing, honesty, as well as other principles.  In the classroom the teacher is in control and should have control at all times of the situation.  Teachers must stress to students the relevance of what they are learning and how it will help them outside the classroom.  It is more effective when the material is broken down to help the students understand it more efficiently.  Teacher-guided discovery is also a key part of the learning process, but the teacher should keep the students active in the learning process.  It is very important for students to master certain key material, so students should remain in the same grade until they have shown that they are proficient in certain areas.