Progressivism : Progressivism For A Progressive Society

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Progressivism in Education: Progressivism for a Progressive Society There are five different philosophies of education that educators can choose from. The philosophies of education are essentialism, perennialism, progressivism, social reconstructionism, and existentialism. A teachers’ philosophy of education defines how they run their classroom, maintain classroom management, and expect their students to learn. For me, I have chosen the philosophy of progressivism. Progressivism is a student centered philosophy. According to Moore (2000), progressivism is a child-centered approach that sees education as a ‘drawing-out’ rather than a putting in of knowledge. Progressives generally run a truly child centered classroom, as compared to an essentialist, who believe in the teacher being the center of the classroom. By teachers adopting the philosophy of progressivism in the classroom; they encourage their students to become intelligent individual problem solvers, hands on learners and collaborators, and prepare them to be responsible and knowledgeable citizens.
Why Progressivism Progressivism, as a philosophy in education, inspires student’s individual creativity, rejects stereotyping, and looks at each student as a unique individual (Moore, 2000). This is a good approach to take in a classroom filled with eager learners. What every child desires in a classroom, first and foremost, is respect. If my students are treated as an individuals, and are recognized for their…
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