Progressive Education : Setting An Agenda For Sustainable Development

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Progressive Education: Setting an agenda for sustainable development. Many scholars have argued that education, with emphasis high quality instruction by educators, will help combat poverty and illiteracy- the major stumbling blocks to development. I argue otherwise, high quality instruction may be the answer to the challenges facing education in developed nations however it may fail to achieve the desired result in developing nations. Since education is the vehicle through which social change takes place, it is imperative that the “social change” which must occur in developing nations, must be well defined and articulated. Furthermore, a scientific approach must be taken in order to implement the much-needed change via a graded curriculum. Thus, advocating for high quality instruction in communities where there is a high prevalence of poverty and illiteracy without the existence of a societal relevant curriculum is invariably putting the cart before the horse. So then, what should be the aim/what form should general education take in developing nations? The aim of education should be to give rise to critical thinkers and informed citizens that are prepared for immediate contribution in their pluralistic societies. In addition, I am of the opinion that the curriculum taught in reference nations should embrace the ideals of the progressive view of education rather that traditional view of education. The traditionalist view of education sees schools as society 's
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