The morals and ethics of Standards and Curriculum design in education today rests, mostly, with government agencies. There are a multitude of higher education institutions that undertake various efforts, according to their persuasion, to train individuals and award them degrees based on successfully completing specific criteria relating to specific subject matter. It may well be true that Standards and Curriculum design can be easily influenced, as is the nature of society today, by specific interest groups - whether those groups be political, economic, or otherwise.
Academy Of Pedagogy, Inc., (AOP) will collect and publish, without outside influences and focusing solely on the quality of education, material that aims to improve the methods and practices of each and every educator, teacher, or instructor. This is to say, that there are many qualified educators, teachers, or instructors today along with many educational systems that produce outstanding education results. And, many of those are outside the domain of public education. Still, there are many success stories in public education from teachers giving 1,000 to their efforts. The goal of AOP is to promote these outstanding achievements and teaching methodologies, in public and private education, so as to, preserve them and, hopefully, have them positively influence all presenters of educational materials in any setting.
To accomplish the work of AOP, we will conduct extensive research in education methods, organize/provide educational lectures and programs in the vein of improving education methods and practices, and collaborate with other non-profit organizations that deal in education programs and/or other facets of education both in public or private education endeavors.
Here are the guiding principals of AOP:
1. While measurements are necessary to gauge the success of a education system, we believe that a set of standardized measures has yet to be identified.
2. Any education effort requires taking into account the whole being of an individual which includes academic subject matter, emotional aspects, and learning styles.
3. Learning outcomes are comprised of cognitive aspects and behavior aspects.
4. Collaborative learning in a problem solving curriculum will build important life skills.
5. Fostering critical thinking skills as a tangible curriculum objective is the foundation of an educational opportunity.
6. Perpetuating learning starts with recognizing that everyone involved in the learning process is also a student to one degree or another.
7. The reformation of educational methods in public and private education today will directly influence the quality of society.
Individuals build their knowledge through experience - experiential learning. Through these experiences each of us will construct, or modify, a belief system(s), of which the sophistication depends on age of learner. All learners has, and will always have, two contributors to their experiences: a conscious and a sub-consciousness. The makeup of their beliefs will vary depending on the development of their conscious and a sub-consciousness.
If the crux of education is the nature of how one facilitates the expansion of one’s ability to understand the world around himself/herself, and we at AOP believe that it is, then taking into consideration both the characteristics and influences of the conscious and a sub-consciousness, is a definite necessity when designing engaging curriculum.
While it is easy to point out the separation subject specific learning at higher levels of education. It is just as easy to point out the success in collaborative learning situations where life skills, across multiple academic areas, as well, as in social and emotional learning skills have positive outcomes for learners. That is to say, imbibing subject matter may be more dependent on understanding the nature of learning than to focus on the level of content necessary to ingest.
Just as the old axiom says, “You can give a person one fish and he/she will eat for a day or two. But, teach him/her how to fish, and she/he will feed them self for a lifetime.”
At AOP we believe that opportunities will always follow perceptions. When the objectives of specific learning sessions are designed to identify perceptions, the learner opens the door to understand his/her beliefs. By providing learners with contextual learning and content learning they develop skills that will be used in all areas of life.
What’s more valuable in life: being able to sound out the right answer, or having the thinking skills to reason through a set of variables and arrive at an educated estimate?
While there are always going to be pros and cons to every educational theory, the fact remains that true education is developing an attitude of being a life learner. At AOP we will maintain an organization that provides the information and reporting on different educational methods, and let you be the one to decide which learning strategies are fostering genuine opportunities to recognize and develop life skills.