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I am needing help preparing an outline explaining the following key elements for an Educational Philosophy Paper covering:
a. beliefs about teaching and learning
b. beliefs about students
c. beliefs about knowledge
d. beliefs about what is worth knowing
e. personal philosophy

Please cite an references used and provide at least 700 words.

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I am needing help preparing an outline explaining the following key elements for an Educational Philosophy Paper covering:
a. beliefs about teaching and learning
b. beliefs about students
c. beliefs about knowledge
d. beliefs about what is worth knowing
e. personal philosophy

Please cite an references used and provide at least 700 words.


Personal Philosophy of Education

University of Phoenix

Table of Contents
Table of Contents 2
Historical 3
Today 5
The Differences 5
Philosophical 5
Social Theories 7
Functionalism 7
Marxism 7
Interpretativism 8
Post-Modernism 9
Current Compatible Theory 10
Constructivism 10
Perfect Educational System 11
References 14

Personal Philosophy of Education
Understanding the historical significance of educational philosophy and the future course the United States educational system is heading in will decide our future educational path. Through the discoveries of social, cultural and philosophical theories educators have the ability to adapt the newly discovered and previously known learning theories to create curriculum and learning modules that will allow students to retain the information, process the information, and apply the information into real life settings.
The ideal educational system would involve all aspects of a community including individuals who some might think do not have a vested interest in the outcome. Through the examination of historical events and research the ideal educational system will have the ability to adapt to cultural and social changes with the community. The ideal educational system will not change the culture of the community but flow with the changes allowing for the community to set the pace for any changes that are needed.
With the writing of the bill of rights back in 1791, education took on a new role in people's lives. Through Article XI of the bill of rights which states "the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people" (Folwell, 1796). This article gave the states the power to start public education without federal government involvement. At that time the states did not do much with their power. Hartford, CT happened to have a private donor who opened the first official school for the deaf, back in 1817, but at that time regulations were not in place and the school was called "The Connecticut Asylum at Hartford for the Instruction of Deaf and Dumb Persons" (Sass, 2007, ¶30). This led others to view education as a necessary and legal right to all United States citizens. This lead the state of Massachusetts to pass a law in 1827 that stated "towns of more than 500 families are to have a public high school open to all students" (Sass, 2007, ¶32). From there other states followed suit, including New York which opened the New York State Asylum for Idiots back in 1851. Leading up to the early 1900's when intelligence tests were introduced and used by schools to effectively, for that time, place students in or out of schools or grades. With the introduction of the intelligence testing the American Federation of Teachers Union was founded and the educational system started to boom. The intellectual testing caused people to start questioning how students learn and how students should be taught, causing several philosophers to express their views and theologies to the public in general, such as John Dewey and his writing of Democracy and Education. The change in views of education exploded to the point where the military started to use their own forms of testing to assess military member's intelligence and abilities for better job placement which helped to form standardized testing.
With the growth of the state school systems a growing concern of transportation and size of buildings started to become an issue in 1919. The one room school house was no longer large enough or adequate enough to handle the amount of children who needed education. State funds were needed for larger schools, transportation, and more educators to fill the needs of the people. The educational system seemed to be growing beyond anyone's dreams, until the stock market crash in 1929 when the states found they could not financially support the schools, the teacher's salaries, or the transportation needs. At that time the federal government stepped in to help, but not without a price, the federal government started to regulate some of the construction being done for new schools and some of the curriculum being taught. As time went on the federal government took on a larger role in public education by forcing integration in the school system so that all people would receive an education. Little by little the schools that were solely operated and run by the individual states diminished.
Through research theorists started to help educators understand the need for standards and educational reform causing mandated education available to all citizens of the United States.
Today schools are operated by both state and federal agencies and are required to be operated with certain requirements. The federal government tried, with their first intervention during the Great Depression, to help the states run successful schools without becoming too involved. The federal government's involvement was inevitable because the schools had not maintained the ability to keep up with the social, political, and educational issues over the years. With the lack of adjustment for social issues the schools today have found themselves in a unique situation where they are lacking authority over the students. Those same schools are now required to attain goals set by federally mandated laws or lose federal funding or accreditation.
The Differences
The original idea of state run school systems without federal involvement was ingenious, yet with the lack of adaptation to social, economical, political, and financial situations the foundations for the public school system has deteriorated beyond ...

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