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Schools of Tomorrow, Schools of Today : What Happened to Progressive Education (History of Schools and Schooling, V. 8)


reviewed by John L. Rury 2001

coverTitle: Schools of Tomorrow, Schools of Today : What Happened to Progressive Education (History of Schools and Schooling, V. 8)
Author(s): Susan F. Semel & Alan R. Sadovnik (Editors)
Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing, New York
ISBN: 0820426660, Pages: 448, Year: 1998
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Progressive education continues to hold a powerful attraction for educators and education scholars. The romantic appeal of progressivism is especially palpable in the case of small private schools founded to express and practice the principles of what John Dewey evocatively described as the "new education" in the early twentieth century. "Schools of Tomorrow," Schools of Today, the title of which draws upon Dewey’s famous book of 1915, is a reflection of this continuing fascination and an effort to document the experiences of some of the best known progressive schools in the United States. The result is a potentially valuable record of the development of various institutions, a telling account but one that will hardly be the last word on the progressive impulse in American education. In certain respects this is a book that is certain to appeal to many educational historians and to devotees of Dewey and progressive education—not a little audience by any means—simply because it represents an effort to show what happened to several of... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 103 Number 1, 2001, p. 14-15
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10435, Date Accessed: 12/15/2017 11:02:46 AM

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  • John Rury
    University of Kansas
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    JOHN RURY is professor of education at the University of Kansas, where his work concerns the history of American education and related policy studies, particularly concerning urban schools.
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