A philosophical analysis of objectivist education
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The history of thought is characterized by two opposing philosophies: subjectivism and intrinsicism. Within education, this alternative is often referred to as progressive (subjectivist) and traditional (intrinsicist) education. Despite possessing some educational beliefs and practices that are effective, neither of these philosophies of education has been completely successful. This dissertation offers another choice, the philosophy of objectivism. Objectivism has never received significant attention from mainstream educators. Therefore, this dissertation will describe what objectivism is, show how it compares and contrasts with progressive and traditional educational philosophies, and argue that it is the more logical and practical. Objectivism has been criticized as obsolete, untenable, or evil, but it will be argued that not only is objectivism tenable and moral, it is absolutely necessary for education to exist.