Education is acquisition of knowledge and experience as well as the development of abilities, skills, habits, and attitudes which help a person to complete a meaningful life in this globe. Idealism is a major philosophical foundation of education.
Although there were many philosophical foundations were found which gives a wide view of aim of education, curriculum, method of teaching etc. Among these ‘IDEALISM’ occupies a special role compared to others. As the name suggests idealism believes in idea and ideals. That is to say according to them the entire universe is an extension of the mind and soul.
The word ‘Idealism’ has derived from ‘Ideals’ or ‘Ideas’. So according to them ideas or ideals or higher values are much more significant in human life than anything else. It gives stress on ideals of mind and self. Also it gives stress on spiritual aspects rather than materialistic aspects.
Principal supporter of Idealism are Plato, Pestalozzi, Frobel, Socrates, Kant, Hegel etc,.