Postmodernism, Existentialism, And Marxism Essay

1248 Words Nov 12th, 2016 5 Pages
According to our textbook “Postmodernism is in large part a rejection of the modern view of things” (Knight, 2008, p. 88). It is the philosophy which believes that truth does not exist or is unknowable and is relative to a person’s culture. Pragmatism, existentialism, and Marxism have been quite influential in postmodernism (Knight, 2008). Teachers who are pragmatists provide their students with numerous child-directed, hands-on learning experiences and teachers learn alongside their students (Knight, 2008). Pragmatists believe that reality is constantly changing and that students learn best through applying experiences and thoughts to problem solving (Knight, 2008). Existentialism primarily concerns itself with the individual. Existentialism instructors recognize that there is not a “one size fits all” curriculum and provide students with numerous educational opportunities so as to explore, make decisions, and develop their creativity and individuality (Knight, 2008). The Marxist approach to education is mainly constructivist, with an emphasis on hands-on activities and collaboration (Jameson, 1989). Although I do not understand all of the facets of postmodernism, I do not believe that all knowledge is constructed or is subjective and if something is true then it is true regardless of a person’s culture. Therefore, I feel that post-modernism can be problematic in terms of its impact on education today. Progressivism, humanism, perennialism, and essentialism are all…

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