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FREEDOM The definition of freedom is the power to act speak or think without externally imposedrestraints Living in the land of the free gives opportunity to the people to exercise free choice Interms of education it means allowing students to learn by intrinsic motivation I believe that HerbertKohl the teacher in 36 Children gave his students the opportunity to learn through this thing calledfreedom by allowing them to explore their curiosities exploit their strengths and weaknesses and findthe confidence that had been buried inside themselves Kohls efforts in giving the students thisfreedom will also better prepare the students for the real world Herbert Kohl made it clear early in his book that the only way he could be a successful teacherwas to have a philosophy up front even if it meant being criticized involuntarily being transferred orthe worst yet fired His philosophy was simple and up front Kohls classrooms was one of freedom IfAmerica is supposed to be the land of the free why shouldnt the class room be He states that allstudents are strong in their own ways and that preconceived notions should be tossed He also believesthat students who fail whose lives have been miserable are made that way in and out of school becauseof some sort of injustice Students should never be stereotyped destined to fail because somewhere intheir soul there is something they are excellent at They should be given the opportunity to discoverthings they are good at However there are steps that must be completed as a teacher to reach thisgoal of freedom Kohl realized learning from the students would become his biggest asset To teach you must havean idea of who you are teaching Kohl continued to learn up to his last class with the students Itseems simple yet it is often times over looked Kohl discovered that the students wanted to face thetasks with him rather than against him Kohl 31 By revealing this element in the
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