Philosophy of Education




Out of the 5 Philosophies of Education, (Essentialism, Perennialism, Progressivism, Existentialism, and Social Reconstructionism), without a doubt the type of philosophy that would be implemented in my classroom as a Language Arts teacher would be progressivism. The ideology of the educational philosophy, progressivism, is that people obtain knowledge better when it is taught in a manner that is most relevant to their lives, therefore educational curriculum should be centered around the interest, experiences and abilities of a student.   The word progressivism is taken from the term “progress”, which means to move forward, improve or develop. Therefore the idea of progressivism is to aid students to advance, grow, and evolve into successful members of society. This philosophy takes an active rather than passive, hands-on-learning approach to teaching and learning. Teachers use developmental learning techniques that will encourage the children to actively participate in projects and lessons.
In conjunction with John Dewey, who created the foundations of the progressive education movement in 1920, I will be taking an operative approach to education where children are actively learning. John Dewey founded the Laboratory School in 1920, where alongside his wife he taught students how to learn by doing. He felt that books were a tool to education rather than the absolute authority. Although, I feel that learning factual information via textbooks is principal to a child’s education, I feel that applying hands-on learning techniques creates a more responsive learning environment for a student. I feel that using a progressive teaching style will enhance the lives of students and give them a chance at a more successful education.  
  As a progressive teacher, I will strive to make schooling interesting and fun for my students by establishing lessons that provoke interest and curiosity. The content of...