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The essentialism theory of education calls on the traditional aspects of education Reading writing and arithmetic are the main focus points From those skills learned in elementary schools the students are told to continue with these skills onto the next level Essentialism relies heavily on testing and grading to show improvement of the student Students are supposed to follow the rules closely and the teachers will be making sure of that Subjects are to be taught separately and students will move on based on their testing performance and not because their peers have moved on Progressivism is very different than essentialism The students are usually set up into small groups to accomplish tasks together The students are shown to value the intrinsic aspects of completing their work Not to go for the grade but to set a goal for yourself and try and accomplish that goal The teacher is to draw on the students reactions to projects to see where to go with the next lesson So the students basically decide which direction the class is headed in A progressive teacher gets to be really close with the students that they are teaching and this theory of education is designed to accomplish that task The students are free to move around a lot and they are stressed on the aesthetics of learning I would chose to draw on different aspects of each of these teaching philosophies I think it is great for students to have academic goals and standards to reach for But I would make these goals easier to attain for many students and not emphasize the grade so much I would make sure that the students truly learns what they accomplished instead of just trying to make the grade and forget the material later on I also like the progressive idea of small group projects because it is an awesome way for students to learn It teaches them how to deal with other
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