Over the course of a decade, the following quote has come to shape my philosophy of education:
“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”-John Dewey
Here’s my story:
I got my undergraduate degree in biology and proceeded to work with environmental protection programs for almost four years following graduation. Education wasn’t on my mind at that time. I was dedicated to the world of science and nature.
Working in the field was amazing for so many reasons. I learned more about science in three months in the field, immersed in the content, than I did over the…
Let me ask you a question. What do you think is more valuable, skills or content knowledge? I argue that you can’t have one without the other, and it is one of our greatest responsibilities as educators to provide opportunities for development in both.
To be a wildlife ecologist, my career before teaching, I needed to understand concepts such as carrying capacity, predator/prey relationships, symbiotic relationships, migration behaviors, etc. — the content. …