Philosophy. Essentialism is a uniquely American philosophy of education which began in the 1930\'s and 1940\'s as a reaction to what was seen as a overemphasis on a child-centered approach to education and a concern that students were not gaining appropriate knowledge in schools.The two origins of essentialism is from idealism and realism.Essentialist believe that there exist a critical core of information and skill that an educated person must have. .
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