I believe in a Liberal Progressive style of education that focuses on the use of primary and secondary resources. When possible, students should explore their own meaning of a document, piece of art, or other resource in the hopes that they will gain a unique understanding of its impact on time and space based on their own culture. I believe that education is a participatory experience; therefore, it makes sense that an instructor would include resources in the class that students could relate to personally. Using local resources that are culturally relevant is at the very heart of my philosophy of education. Engaging local organizations and individuals in the community can increase the quality of the educational experience and prompt class discussion.
Finally, I believe that an educator’s main purpose is not only to lecture, but to guide students into rich conversations about a topic and explore it though many lenses. Throughout these conversations, the instructor is able to interject core content in a way that is both interesting and contextualized for students. A classroom discussion is both objective orientated and has a measurable outcome to gauge success. This style of education helps students transition to the role of responsible citizen where they will have the skills to engage the political process.