Thursday, September 18, 2008

New Progressivism: Ready to Go!

The funny thing is, it's five years later and I'm not sure things have changed in the world all that much--"progressive education" still raises lots of questions, and whenever we use that term in our school we get lots of head-scratching.

I'm still pretty happy with the idea of the "New Progressivism"--a student-centered approach to education that applies new ideas about teaching and learning to the development of thoughtful curriculum and assessment in combination with deep civic and community engagement around issues of equity and social justice.
I like to think that this is the way Dewey and his followers would have wanted it, but with higher standards.

The New Progressivism hasn't exactly taken root as a term of art, but I have hopes. More on this as time goes on. I'm back--tanned, rested, and ready for some good blogging on progressive education in the twenty-first century.

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