The Theory Of Progressive Education

2050 Words Nov 20th, 2014 9 Pages
The theory of progressive education suggests that individuality, creativity, curiosity and change are fundamental to one’s education. The theory bases their curricula on the interests, experiences and abilities of students. Children in the 21st century are living in the most intense, stimulating period of time in which they are being besieged with information from every platform such as, social media, mobile phones and television which implies they need to allow opportunities to express themselves in a unique way. The world is often seen as a stream of ever-changing phenomena, therefore knowledge is quickly made obsolete. According to Dewey (1998) the aim of education should prepare children to live socially in a world, be able to endlessly face situations and to apply individual intellect decisively to be able to cope with problems relative to given contexts. He believes, “knowledge is individual, ideological, and instrumental.” (1916; 98) However, traditional education permits educators to precisely determine the aims, content, pace and direction of studying and is merely ‘teacher centred.’ The purpose of this essay is to analyse the article, ‘The Anarchic Experimental Schools of the 1970s’ written by Tom de Castella, (2014) based on progressivism and discuss the strength and weaknesses of progressive education. So the question is, whether progressive education is beneficial for students or in fact a hindrance for future achievement?

Traditional education refers to long…
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