My Essentialist Philosophy of Education Persuasive Essay by Nicky

My Essentialist Philosophy of Education
A review of this writer's philosophy of education that is based on essentialism.
# 149001 | 1,765 words | 6 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 20, 2011 in Education (Theory)

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The writer explains the basic premise of essentialism in schools and discusses Aristotle's concept of the 'practical argument'. The writer relates that students learn best in an environment that they are comfortable with, curriculum in any school should be varied and a good teacher has to be an instructor but with the qualities of kindness, compassion and good listening skills. The writer also looks at Plato's treatment of the idea of education and essentialism. Finally, the writer points out that many teachers' difficulties come from a lack of creative freedom and an inability to use the curriculum that they are required to work with in a way that will actually be beneficial to their students.

From the Paper:

"Education is very important. Its purpose is to enlighten the minds of children and show them not only what they can learn, but how they can learn. To know how students learn and behave, a teacher has to understand the student's philosophy (Barrett, 2001). This set of ideas about the meaning of life and nature of reality gives the student his whole concept of the world and life itself. It is this philosophy that shapes who the student is, and also helps shape who the student will become (Barrett, 2001). Until a teacher knows about the philosophy of a particular student, learning can be more difficult.
"Philosophies can be dangerous things, however, and seriously interfere with the process of education. It has been pointed out that for every principle, there is an exception (Barrett, 2001). Principals, philosophies, and opinions are often what separates people from each other and makes them different. It is also what causes them to argue and fight. One purpose of education is to get around all of these different feelings and opinions and bring a group of students to one understanding about a subject (Barrett, 2001).
"Or, failing that, at least get them to see that there are other options than the one they have chosen. Education is the lifeblood of the world (Barrett, 2001). It is invaluable in showing young people how to survive in the world, and teaching them that there is more to things than meets the eye. It teaches them to respect themselves and others, and also shows them that there are often many different ways of solving the same issue."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Barrett, H. C. (2001). On the functional origins of essentialism. Mind and Society, 3(2), 1-30.
  • Essentialism and Education (n.d.). Chapter 17. _and_Education.pdf
  • Kemerling, Garth. (2002). Aristotle. Philosophy Pages. /ph/aris.htm
  • Ornsteind, Allan C., Pejak, Edward F. & Orstein, Stacey B. (2007). Contemporary Issues in Curriculum, 4th Edition, Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
  • Plato (1935). The Republic of Plato. Trans. John Davies & David Vaughan. London: Macmillan & Co.

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