“I would rather see a school produce a happy street cleaner than a neurotic scholar.”
My Teaching Philosophy:
In 2008, when I was in teacher's college, I was introduced to A.S. Neil and Summerhill School . I will never forget the feeling I had during reading, "Summerhill: A radical Approach to Child Rearing:" complete adoration. A.S. Neils' philosophy revolutionized how I see education and since, I have allowed his ideas to guide me in my teaching practice.
The philosophy is simple: a child must be free to become who she or he truly wants to be, a child's' social/ emotional well-being is infinitely more important than his academic performance, a child is innately creative and when given the chance to choose, a child will inevitable choose to learn. For me these are the pillars on which I stand as a educator. Although, it is, at times, difficult to balance my own philosophy with that of the system, I have managed to realize that life is about compromise and that the two worlds
In 2008, the notion of Sumemrhill and A.S. Neil was still an idea that seemed contradictory to Ontario educational pedagogy but today more and more, I see the philosophies of Neil reflected in the Ontario education system. Now more than ever before, has the Ontario College of Teachers has promoted concepts of mental health, SRL and positive psychology.
Maybe not in my lifetime, but I truly believe that someday that all schools in Ontario will be