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The Progressive Education Movement: Is It Still a Factor in Today’s Schools?


reviewed by Jim Carl — January 02, 2008

coverTitle: 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 law—curriculum standards, accountability, high-stakes testing—seemingly 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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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: January 02, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14868, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 2:32:38 AM

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  • Jim Carl
    Cleveland State University
    JIM CARL is an associate professor at Cleveland State University who specializes in the history of American and European education. He chairs the Department of Curriculum and Foundations. His most recent work, “Industrialization and Public Education: Social Cohesion and Social Stratification” is forthcoming in the Handbook of Comparative Education, Berlin: Springer Publishers. Currently, Carl is sorting out the political alignments and ideologies behind school voucher initiatives in Louisiana, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, and Ohio in a study tentatively titled “Freedom of Choice: Vouchers Movements in American Education, 1955-2002."
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