Teaching methods ≥ Course subject

I remember being back in high school and either dreading a specific class, or holding back a smile at break so my friends wouldn’t notice I was anxious for break to end so could go to class. I was always an “A” and “B” student, but who I had as a teacher was the determining factor of which grade I would achieve in that class.

In book seven of Plato’s Republic, Plato states that, “… you must train the children in their studies in a playful manner, and without force, with the further object of discerning more readily the natural bent of their respective characters.” Plato suggested that a child should learn in an environment in which he or she can learn without being forced to, as well as whatever teaching style fits their personality. By having a student learn this way, it will ensure success, in any subject, for the teacher and the pupil.

The perfect teacher, as John Locke described them is, “…he that has found a way how to keep up a child’s spirit, easy, active, and free; and yet, at the same time, to restrain him from many things he has a mind to, and to draw him to things that are uneasy to him; he, I say, that knows how to reconcile these seeming contradictions, has, in my opinion, got the true secret of education.”

In an episode of “Ted Talk,” Bill Gates explained the measures of effective teaching and how it is beneficial in the classroom. The main point he is trying to get across in “Ted Talk” is that to effectively teach students we need to prepare the teachers to teach them. We can use technology to  make this happen, specifically video cameras in a classroom setting to allow teachers to review their teaching styles so that they can make adjustments when needed. In America, “Building this system will also require a considerable investment…up to 5 billion dollars.” This money may never be seen because of the large deficit we have in America, or if it does come, it will be later rather than sooner.

We need to start investing in this community’s education system more. We need to dig a little deeper into our wallets to provide classrooms with this technology, since more government funding is out of the question. We may have to make an extra sacrifice or two, but this investment will pay off in the long run. Money comes and goes, but a proper education stays with us forever.

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