Philosophy of Education
Teaching is a gift that bestows knowledge of the truth. The dignity of the gift compels its recipients to share what they have received. Yet teaching is more than sharing acquired knowledge. Teaching is assisting students to develop their intellectual faculties. In order to achieve that goal, a teacher must be acquainted with the process of learning and reasoning as well as a particular subject matter and various methods of instruction.
St. Thomas Aquinas provided great insight into the human intellect when he observed,“whatever is received into something is received according to the mode of the receiver” (Summa Theologiae I-I, 75, 5). In order to impart truth to others one must first learn how to demonstrate the truth in a manner in which it can be readily received. The best teachers are those who do not merely show the truth to their students, but give their students the tools to discover the truth by virtue of their own gifts and abilities.
I have discovered that it is by imparting the truth to others that we truly receive its fullness. I aspire to teach effectively, in a manner in which the knowledge to be imparted can be readily received. I also aspire to give students the tools to discover the truth by virtue of their own gifts and abilities.
"It is better to enlighten others than merely to shine, it is better to give the fruits of our contemplation to others than merely to contemplate."- St. Thomas Aquinas