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What Is Progressive Education?


by Edward H. Reisner — 1933

TO UNDERTAKE in this current year of grace an answer to the question put above may to many seem gratuitous and to many others belated. For years the term has been in constant use and presumably its meaning is clearly and comprehensively understood. And yet there remains a great deal of uncertainty regarding just what progressive education is. Laymen, hearing the term so freely used by professional educators, are abashed at their ignorance of what is apparently so well known, and only privately, with an apologetic air, do they confess to their deficiency of understanding, and request that in a very few and simple words the mystery be made plain to them. Even among educators—educators organized in panels for the discussion of progressive education—there appears to be a deplorable lack of unanimity regarding the connotations of the word progressive.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 35 Number 3, 1933, p. 192-201
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 7315, Date Accessed: 12/11/2017 6:03:35 PM

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