Learning is a process of knowledge acquisition, knowledge that can be received/revealed, discovered, or constructed. Our role as educators is to instill a foundational knowledge of academic curriculum with a basis of current moral understanding and ethics in order for our students to be fulfilled, contributing members of our present and future societies. Variable approaches can be utilized to instill a moral, academic, and community oriented education. The educational process will continuously evolve around our ever-changing culture yet the methods of knowledge acquisition will essentially remain consistent. It is “therefore essential for the instructor to be artful, mastering what it is that they want students to learn and invoke interest in that material” (Scheumerman, 2014). Furthermore, it is also relevant that the instructor instill an education of moral value, facilitating a life of action and fulfillment in each individual student, as curriculum and knowledge will always evolve with time, but society will also be progressing with this evolution. We live in a current American culture that is driven toward a broad sense of individualism, yet it has also been proven throughout human history that the individual can also contribute to their society in many ways, through learned ethics and morals.
Time has proven that instruction will evolve with educational changes and reform. When looking throughout human history and culture, education in the United States has evolved from a wide range of revolution and cultural world history. Our history of the world has proven that reform, in a broader sense, is the evolutionary change of knowledge and virtue over time, involving changes in the knowledge that would be delivered to the populace of these vastly diverse time periods. Based on the more recent histories of reforms (or better stated changes) in education in the United States, it is clear that educators will certainly require flexibility, as teaching methods will continue to revolve around our society as a whole. Therefore, flexibility and wisdom are two essential qualities inherent to an effective educator.
Scheuerman, R. (2014). Session 4: The Roman way and traditional values: Philosophical roots of education. Personal Collection of (Scheuerman, R.), Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA.