The Progressive Education Movement: Is It Still a Factor in Today’s Schools?
reviewed by Jim Carl - January 02, 2008
Title: The Progressive Education Movement: Is It Still a Factor in Today’s Schools?
Author(s): William Hayes
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham
ISBN: 1578865220, Pages: 165, Year: 2006
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In this concise volume, William Hayes answers a perennial question regarding progressive education: Is it dead yet? In his sketch of progressive education and its opponents over the last century, Hayes suggests that reports of its death are somewhat exaggerated. To be sure, in recent years traditionalists are very much in control: policies that the federal government has encouraged through its A Nation at Risk report and the No Child Left Behind lawcurriculum standards, accountability, high-stakes testingseemingly have pushed progressive education into the final decline, according to Hayes (p. xv). Yet, continued demands for progressive education that are alive and well in gifted and talented programs and in Montessori, charter, and middle schools, together with support for progressive methods in teacher education programs and vocal criticisms of the testing and accountability movement in education schools and elsewhere, make it inaccurate to refer to the fall of progressive education (p. xv). There... (preview truncated at 150 words.)
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