[ uh-sen-shuh-liz-uh m ]
/ əˈsɛn ʃəˌlɪz əm /
a doctrine that certain traditional concepts, ideals, and skills are essential to society and should be taught methodically to all students, regardless of individual ability, need, etc.
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Related formses·sen·tial·ist, noun, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for essentialism
/ (ɪˈsɛnʃəˌlɪzəm) /
philosophy one of a number of related doctrines which hold that there are necessary properties of things, that these are logically prior to the existence of the individuals which instantiate them, and that their classification depends upon their satisfaction of sets of necessary conditions
the doctrine that education should concentrate on teaching basic skills and encouraging intellectual self-discipline
Derived Formsessentialist, noun
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