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
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.
Progressive 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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