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The question what do I think we should be teaching and why is easy for me to answer Children should learn what they want to learn and not what we force them to learn For this paper I could simply write a list of subjects that I think children need to learn However my philosophy of education is that each persons inner desires should lead them to select those topics that interest them As I am not those people I am not qualified to pick out those subjects of most interest In order to understand why it is important for children to learn what they want to it is first necessary to define what education is Education is the act of gaining understanding through learning Understanding is an intrinsic good of education therefore my goal as an educator is to give a student as much understanding as possible In allowing children to choose their own options from a limitless array of subjects I am not putting up artificial barriers that would restrict the amount of understanding As Shakespeare put it Why then the worlds mine oyster Which I with sword will open Pistol -- Merry Wives 223-4 I would be merely acting as a tool with which children can explore the world for themselves Children learn a greater amount of material and therefore understand more when they are interested in the subject matter My five year old son is interested in collecting bugs Collecting bugs exposes a young child to many elements of education For example mathematics through counting and science through classification If I restricted my son to choose from a pre-determined list of subjects he would not be interested in learning with the same kind of fervor that he displays when collecting bugs He would acquire little or no understanding of the subject sitting in class perhaps dreaming about bug-collecting when he gets home He would not be maximizing his potential understanding
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