Pragmatism/Progression in Education

The term pragmatism is derived from the Greek word pragma which means action. It is also the root from which words like ‘practice’ and ‘practical’ have been derived. Charles Pierce introduced this word into philosophy. It suggests an emphasis upon the practicalities of life and that the practicable is the real. Pragmatism stands for progressive trends in education. Naturalism also stands for the same. Progressive education emphasizes, first of all, freedom to the individual child, but freedom does not mean absence of control. Freedom secures a balance between the two extremes. A judicious use of freedom implies a control to make it possible for all to enjoy freedom. Progressivism also lays emphasis on the ...

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