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Traditional vs. Progressive Education

"The fundamental issue is not of new versus old education nor of progressive against traditional education, but a question of what... must be worthy of the name Education."
- John Dewey
Education traditionally has emphasized conveying a lot of information and facts, and has not modeled the learning process. When teachers presented material to the class, it was usually in a polished form that omitted the natural steps of making mistakes (feeling confused), recovering from them (overcoming frustration), deconstructing what went wrong (not becoming dispirited), and starting over again (with hope and maybe even enthusiasm).

Society now envisions citizens who can identify and solve problems and make contributions to society through their lifetime—who display the qualities of "adaptive expertise". Thus, contemporary thought views learning as a person's ability to construct new knowledge based upon what they already know or believe to be true.

The true goal of education is to teach one to think intensively and critically. Education is not only an instrument of social change but viewed as an investment in the national development. The new educational approach must also lay a great emphasis on teacher training, which will develop in the teachers the required competence, motivation and attitudes.

The Turning of Learning Towards a New Balance

Traditional Education
Progressive Education
Teacher Directed
Direct Instruction
Knowledge Provided
Rote Learning
Basic Skills
One -size -fits -all
Independent Curriculum
Summative Tests (Exams only)
Learning for School
Learner Centered
Interactive Exchange
Skills Developed
Critical Thinking
Applied Skills
Global Community
Cross Curricular Dimensions
Ongoing Assessments
Learning for life
Source: Book on "21st Century Skills"- by Bernie Trilling and Charles Fadel
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