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The Promise and Failure of Progressive Education


reviewed by Sheila L. Macrine — 2005

coverTitle: The Promise and Failure of Progressive Education
Author(s): Norman Dale Norris
Publisher: Scarecrow Press, Lanham
ISBN: 1578861152, Pages: 153, Year: 2004
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Early in the 20th century, an inspiring array of intellectuals launched a progressive education movement that sought change in American educational practice. For many of them, the heart of a progressive educational program emphasized flexibility and critical thinking. These progressives believed that schools should establish relationships with their communities and that curricula should confront broad social issues and provide educational opportunities for all children. Consequently, progressive education, infused with the reformist sensibilities of progressive era politics, looked to schools for the political and social regeneration of the nation.   Today, many in our profession are amazed at how it has been pushed beyond the limits of common reason and held accountable when “reasonable” solutions don’t work. One can only imagine what Dewey might say about some of the current gross misapplications of his life’s work. As Norman Dale Norris notes in his new book, The Promise and Failure of Progressive Education, education... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 7, 2005, p. 1532-1536
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11715, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 8:20:11 PM

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  • Sheila Macrine
    Montclair State University
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    SHEILA L. MACRINE, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the College of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey. Dr. Macrine’s research focuses on connecting the cultural, political, and feminist frameworks to institutional and personal contexts of pedagogy and learning theory, particularly as they relate the social imagination, progressive democratic education and critical disability studies.
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