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Philosopher Analysis: Journal Article ReferenceNull, J. W. (2007). William C. Bagley and the founding of essentialism: An untold story inAmerican educational history. Teachers College Record, 109(4), 1013-1055.Null 2007 argues that Bagley founded the concept of essentialism and focused on thehistory of American education. Null in this paper analyzes three main topics; the life and careerof Bagley, the establishment of essentialism and his work as a prominent professor. The articledelves into the analysis of American education and how it has struggled between traditional andprogressive approaches to its curriculum. Bagley’s life and influence on education is analyzedand discussed in depth in order to better understand essentialism. Essentialists such as Bagleyestablished themselves as a means of bridging the gap between traditionalist and progressiveschools of thought in matters education. Null notes that Bagley gave his first public address onessentialism on the 1stof March 1938 but it resulted in numerous people having differentconcepts regarding the interpretation of essentialism. Bagley was an essential member of theessentialism movement as he paved way for progressive education in the country by combiningtraditional methods and progressive strategies.The article also provides the reader with a brief history of Bagley’s early life, growth andeducation. Bagley as a child is seen to have travelled severally and also attended school duringhis life. With the move from Michigan to Massachusetts and back to Michigan, Bagleycompleted his education and found out he had an affinity for the teaching profession. His life wasfull of people who influenced and supported his teaching profession that gave him the
environment he needed to develop into an essentialist. As an educator, Bagley is seen by Null2007 as a person who advocated for a children-centered educational curriculum.New World Encyclopedia. (2020). William Chandler Bagley.New World Encyclopedia.Bagley is described as an educator who completed his education within the curriculumwhich he found. His experience in such a curriculum inspired him to become an essentialist whobridges the gap between the progressive and traditional school of thought differences. The articlenotes that Bagley was born on March 15 1874 and passed away in July 1 1946. The articlefurther notes that Bagley emphasized on the education of teachers, education philosophy,curriculum development, and the psychology of education. His theories were developed andcreated through his educational experience and also his experience as a principal and teacher inpublic schools. The authors of this article also identify that Bagley believed in providingeducation for all through public schools. It is important to note that this article provides a clear

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History of education, William Chandler Bagley

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