Essay on History of Philosophy

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Until now, I have simply accepted education as it has been presented me, blind to fact that there was any kind of well developed philosophy behind it. After being introduced to the main educational philosophies, perennialism, essentialism, progressivism and social resconstructionism, I have had the opportunity to decide for myself which ones I believe in and why. I must agree with Thomas Locke that we are born into this world a blank slate. Living in such an affluent society, education in America is provided and required of all citizens. Education shapes us; we grow through it and with it as changing circumstances continue to alter the methods by how we are taught and why.
It is through our education however, that we learn and grow as
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I personally believe that while learning concepts and ideas that will always be prevalent regardless of progressing time and that thinking analytically is crucial to personal growth and education, that this is not a practical approach and certainly not one that every student would benefit from it.
Somewhat similar to perennialism, essentialism also focuses on absolutes, believing in a certain knowledge standard, teaching students the fundamentals of math, science, literature, history and language, basically the layout of our days in middle school. Often referred to, as “back to the basics” essentialism is a dominant approach to American education. Although I disagree with some of the more recent campaigns that have branched from it, such as No Child Left Behind, I do believe that its highly effective and gives students the opportunity to balance their education among the essential “basics” as well as draw connections between them.
It was also discussed that essentialism produces the 2 by 4 students, suggesting a basic education. I believe that learning basics will always be important, I partly believe this because it is how I have been educated and I consider myself to be a well-rounded human being with a basic knowledge of the core topics because of it. However, there are some core topics I believe I walked away from with a better understanding of then others and I don’t believe that to be because I was…