PHILOSOPHY OF PRAGMATISM: WHICH WAY FORWARD FOR EDUCATION?
Education is a magic wand in development of nations. It is viewed to be the system motivating sound ideas, theories and conceptualizations. However, education in Nigeria has suffered huge setback due to so much focus on ideas and theories without allowing them to pass through the anvil of experience. But with pragmatism, which hold that no idea is worth it until it brings solution to perplexing human problems, a way forward has been advanced for education. Hence, this paper lends itself to the exposition on philosophy of pragmatism and a way forward for education. It postulates that education forms the basis for generating ideas which seem to have fallen short of proffering solution to societal problems. The concepts of “education”, “pragmatism”, and pragmatic education were articulated. The paper examines theories and ideas as cankerworm in the practice of pragmatic education. The paper observes that too many ideas and propositions in education have not been experienced to the extent of not using them to solve not only human but societal problems. Way forwards were conjectured based on the observations made in the work.