The Liberal Progressive Model Of Education

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Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Still today, we live in a world where fear, discrimination, privilege, inequality and hatred plague our society. Education is fundamental in eradicating these elitist, capitalist and dominant perspectives. An equitable education empowers young individuals to bring about change in the hope of creating a better society. Thus, a good education can prove to be instrumental in tackling current social issues that are prevalent across the globe. At the foundation of every educational institution and basic core of every educator, there lies a philosophy of education which serves to influence what students will be taught and the manner in which it will…show more content…
This model of education views the teacher as a facilitator of experiences and projects, a guide who fosters student’s thinking and builds upon the learner’s experience. The teacher is not just putting knowledge into the learner's head, they are also facilitating the students ability to learn. Oftentimes, schools that employ a liberal progressive approach to education will see students refer to their teachers by their first name instead of the traditional “Ms. or Mr.”. Furthermore, the teacher provides the learner with meaningful context, he/she is concerned not only with the student understanding the knowledge, but also making the knowledge meaningful. Dewey (1916) says, “The increment of meaning corresponds to the increased perception of the connections and continuities of the activities in which we are engaged” (p. 40). He means to say that an activity which brings along education or instruction increases the learner’s understanding and makes them aware of connections that had been previously overlooked. The liberal progressive teacher is the motivator and models democratic behavior. Lastly, the teacher provides the learner with free activity with the belief that the individual can self-discipline. William H. Kilpatrick (1918) states that students will continue to make better distinctions of what is right and proper, with the teacher’s success consisting “in gradually eliminating himself or herself from the success of the procedure” (p. 50). During this process, the teacher takes a step back and becomes more of an observer, watching how students interact with one another, in groups, and how each student behaves. The teacher simply works to steer and guide the learning process of assessing the situation. The liberal teacher does not discipline but rather has the students learn to discipline
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