Mr. Kurtis Saunders
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My Philosophy of Education:
We stand on the shoulders of those who lived before us. They built our civilization. We therefore need to study the ideas of both wise and unwise men and women of history so as to most improve ourselves and our civilization. To go forward, we must look backwards.
The classroom teacher should be an expert when possible but always a guide to the philosophies and interpretations of history’s important thinkers. He should be a “sage on the stage” as well as a “guide on the side” in this pursuit. He should break big ideas into smaller ones that are more easily understood. His goal should be to make the complicated knowable and the crooked straight. He accomplishes this through his thorough knowledge base and the ability to break it down and share it with his students. That’s his job.
The job of the student is to join with the teacher in this endeavor. The student must believe that ideas matter, both good and bad and both for good and bad. He must believe that there are things worth learning and ideas worthy of his time and respect. Treasure is discovered when diligently looked for. The teacher provides the map, boat, shovel, and compass. The student, however, finds the gold.