ROLE OF TEACHER
According to pragmatism, a teacher is a friend, guide and philosopher to the child. The teacher must educate the child in social environment so that he/she may attain social efficiency. There must be positive relationship between teacher and student.
The teacher’s behaviour towards children must be sympathetic, his/her attitude should be democratic and child must have academic freedom.
The teacher’s function is to suggest problems to his pupils and to stimulate them to find for themselves solutions which will work. His emphasis is not based on the knowledge of text-books.
should bring the students together to focus on solving problems in an interdisciplinary way. Rather than passing down organized bodies of knowledge to new learners, Pragmatists believe that learners should apply their knowledge to real situations through experimental inquiry. This prepares students for citizenship, daily living, and future careers.
NATURE OF THE STUDENT
The pragmatist views the student as a person constantly interacting with the environment. The school is both a part of this environment and a special manmade environment designed to provide the best possible educative experience to the learner. For this reason, the student is especially involved in interaction with the school.
Political pragmatism values reality over ideology. It’s recognition that while a politician’s first job is to get elected, the second job is to do what is right, to the extent that the politician can convince the people to support it. It is the willingness to strike a compromise whereby as many people as possible get as much of what they want as possible. It is the willingness to work with others on common goals, regardless of differences on other goals. It is the recognition by political leadership and by voters that in a democracy no one ever gets their way on everything.