“Everything that ever has been always will be, and everything that ever will be always has been.”
― Kurt Vonnegut
Basic. It wasn’t sky rocket for the Essentialists to view education. True to its form and root word – essence sums up to something fundamental. Education – is basic; therefore fundamentals should be included in it. This goes back to the early civilization on how they transmitted knowledge; Writing, Reading and ‘Rithmetic (arithmetic). Since these are tested through time, these methods are sacrosanct.
This principle is seen worldwide. Education is highly dependent on it’s mantra of literacy through the 3R’s.
Looking back, and checking my report card in Kindergarten, I saw Reading, Writing and Mathematics. This was my formative years – starting at the age of 6 in a public school. But as I move back, I realized it was also present at home. My mom started to use this as my form of education.
This is how vast this fundamentals are used in forming a man’s education. Even, babies are taught to literacy at an early age. Numerous DVDs are bought that teaches them to read at an early age, even at the age of 2. The effect of it in is enormous as people gain understanding of the world earlier than before.
With the basic that everyone has to undergo, education is developed at an early age; giving us younger Presidents, Governors and government Officials or even College Students starting at 14years of age. Essentialism also started the Standardized Test for everyone. We have the NEAT & NSAT which measure the mastery of students in Mathematics,Science, Filipino, and Araling Panlipunan.
Typhoon. Flood. Earthquake. Recent calamities that hit the Philippines.
But never will you see Filipinos be stuck in these situation. We have been known for our resiliency – acknowledging the fact that we are in a situation of natural forces of nature. We move forward.
Martial Law. Ninoy’s assassination. PDAF Scam. Just a few of political dilemmas we faced.
But never will you see Filipinos doing nothing. We reflect on it, call the entire population’s attention and cooperation and do what is right. We act on it & we move forward.
I am, in the real sense of the world influenced by Pragmatism and Progressivism. I have a process of thinking that initiates me to solve problems. It has defined me to be able to use my experiences to deliver what I know is right. I embody team work – working in a group as it stimulates my interest in learning. I prefer social interaction and real life practical scenarios to gain insight and knowledge., then and only then I can move forward.
Our educational system mirrors the same belief.
Pragmatism and Progressivism’s implications in education include the idea to revolutionize the present situation by using it for improvement and progress, that includes not only for individual but that for society, including political, economic and social movement. Giving above some conclusions, indicate a freedom of choice with the knowledge of reasonable cause or effect of a chosen action cultivated from environmental experiences & activities in life.
The implementation of K12 was due to the need of improving education and resolving identified problems like – student’s overall education (understanding, reading, writing, etc) and in helping alleviate economic situation by making student’s socially and globally competitive.
All actions, whether social, political, economic or educational, they are all anchored to progress…all, moving forward.