Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Progressive Education--what is it?

Another short post:

For those interested in wading into the morass of definitions, you can go to the Progressive Schools wiki and participate in the challenge of trying to define progressive education on the PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION: Toward a Working Definition page.

Maybe this is an impossible task, or even a fool's errand, but I am exceedingly tired of running into characterizations of progressive education, old and New, that are based on paranoid or utopian fantasy, flimsy evidence, or what can only be deliberate misreadings of either seminal documents or actual practice.

I'd love to see what the Best Minds of My Generation can do to come up with a working definition to which actual porgressive educators can subscribe.

Again, nothing to "Read on" about. C'est tout.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

The Progressive Schools wiki

People keep asking me for the official list of progressive schools, but of course there isn't one. I thought I'd draw on the expertise of readers here to help compile not only a list of schools but some resources on New Progressivism as well as on progressive education in general.

The result is the Progressive Schools wiki. It's open, public, and ready for any schools, ideas, resources, and questions anyone might have. I have modestly populated a few pages, but there is much, much more to say.

Please feel free to explore and contribute. Like any wiki, the Progressive Schools wiki is only as good as its contributors make it.

And by the way, Happy 2009!

(It says "Read more" below, but that's all there is for today. Check out the wiki!)

Click below to participate in the PROGRESSIVE SCHOOLS wiki