Progressive Education

OUR DEMOCRACY WILL “GO AWAY” IF WE DO NOT CHANGE OUR EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM NOW. “If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn”
-Michael J. Fox

Nicholas Meier

My blogs here focus on my ideas about curriculum, teaching practices and educational policy, often critiquing what is currently practiced. What this essay will focus on is defining my philosophy of Progressive Education. And as a student and teacher of educational psychology, I feel I can safely say that the practices of Progressive Education match more closely what we know about how the brain works and how people learn in natural settings than what is practiced in the large majority of schools today. As importantly, Progressive Education matches more closely with the ideals and philosophy of a democratic society.

johndeweyquotes31Progressive teaching has deep roots in American education, from the Transcendentalist movement  of the early 1800s to John Dewey and Francis Parker in the late 1800s, early 1900s, and on to modern educators such as Herbert Kohl, Ted Sizer, and Deborah Meier to name just a few. For me, and…

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Thought you might be interested in this timely and necessary book published by Rowman & Littlefield Educational Department? FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON MARCH 27, 2015 Rowman & Littlefield to release exciting new educational tool for parents and teachers "The 7 Steps to Help Boys Love School: Teaching to their Passion for Less Frustration" is an easy to follow, humorous book with practical, researched strategies for ensuring boys success in school, home, and in their future pursuits. This book is built upon the 7 Es of Excellent Education with step-by-step exciting lessons for both struggling and bright boys. Girls love them too! “How many years do we want to get this wrong?” Was the question retired elementary school teacher Linda Gilliam asked herself over and over during her teaching career, in both California and Washington states. Ms.Gilliam: “The educational system is broken, particularly looking at young boys, the way they are currently taught… and the dropout rate as they move forward in the educational system.” More children are being misdiagnosed with ADHD, academics are required earlier in school, recess is now being cut out in many schools, and many frustrated boys drop out by high school. This prevalent frustration can lead to a child’s lack of self-confidence and self-worth, but worse yet, aggression. People are now realizing the increasing crisis facing us today with children slipping further and further behind other nations in Reading, Writing, Math, and Science. The many years of brain research proves over and over that boys and girls need different techniques in the classroom for their best learning environment. This book will guide teachers and parents in activities and strategies that are appropriate for boys to excel in learning. The problems boys encounter in school and learning are well known, but the research on this topic seldom points out how teachers can remedy and combat those problems. It takes a highly skilled teacher to help struggling boys learn, but it takes a great teacher to accomplish it with humor, creativity and a caring heart. Linda is one of those great teachers whose book is a gift to her fellow teachers and their students. Actually, this book is a gift to all who love teaching and learning by creating the best environment, attitude and structure for boys to be successful learners in your classroom and in the home. This is a commitment we all need to make to save our struggling boys! SOS=Save Our Students! About the Author: Linda Marie Gilliam taught elementary school for over forty years, and currently lives in Portland, OR. She is passionate about helping all children and boys in particular, to enjoy learning and school. Her dream is to convince parents, teachers, coaches, caregivers, librarians, and administrators to try these successful strategies; that are developmentally appropriate, fun, active, exciting, hands-on and easy to do at home or in the classroom. Ms. Gilliam received "Teacher of the Year" for her efforts in Vancouver, WA. Contact: FMI: PURCHASE:

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