Our society has a great barrier between the focus on learning styles; progressive or traditional. Progressive learners are more adaptive learners that involve group activities and much more involvement with other students and their community. Traditional learners follow more of a strict, “by the book” practice which means that they are more involved with textbooks and much less involved with hands on learning. A mixture between these two learning styles would be perfect blend for a well-rounded student because they are both excellent methods for learning, if they are applied correctly. They are both radical aspects and therefore should be mixed. The philosophy of education involves the examination of the forms, methods, and results of acquiring knowledge. The way one learns defines an individual which makes this such a controversial and important topic. Everyone’s learning style is different so it makes it difficult for there to be one standard procedure for teaching students how to learn. This is the reason why it is so essential for students to learn how to utilize their own best learning method. Success in student’s lives depends on this being developed at an early age because they can explore different methods and discover which method works best for them. Thomas Gradgrind was a traditional educator who believed that students should learn just the facts to be successful. Opposing is Mr. Keating who appeared in Peter Weir’s Dead Poets Society. He quoted quite a few lines in Weir’s film that promoted a progressive style of learning. Gradgrind is much more radical compared to Keating on his learning style but the way that different individuals learn, is defined by the way that the learning style is the most beneficial to them. It should not be dictated by what other people believe.
A traditional educator named Thomas Gradgrind, noted in Charles Dickens’ Hard Times: “Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts....
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