Essay on Traditional Philosophies Fall Into Three Broad Philosophies

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Traditional philosophies fall into three broad philosophies: idealism, realism and neo-scholasticism. “Reasoning within one 's own mind is an important process in idealistic education,” (“Philosophy of Idealism in Education, 2012, par. 1). Idealist teachers encourage students to look more closely at the facts that they have been taught in order to come up with real meaning (“Philosophy of Idealism in Education, 2012). For example, teachers can read classic books or poetry and discuss and analyze what the author was attempting to convey. In an idealistic classroom the teacher is a role model (Knight, 2008). As such, it is important that they watch what they say and how they act towards others as the children emulate their teachers (Knight, 2008). Idealistic teachers prefer to use positive examples in class to encourage other students, which is something that we all should do regularly. I often recognize my students good work habits and behavior by saying things like “I like the way you are…sitting, building, etc.” This reinforces children’s desirable behavior and encourages other to act accordingly in order to get praise. “Realism states that there is a true reality, and things exist whether humans perceive them or not” (Boyd, 2016). When my lesson plan includes students using their senses to explore various items, I am using realism in the classroom. One example of this is touching different items to see if they are rough or smooth. Neo-scholasticism has elements of both…

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