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A Fourth of a Nation


reviewed by Lawrence A. Cremin 1957

coverTitle: A Fourth of a Nation
Author(s): Paul Woodring
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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The demise of Progressive Education magazine last July marked the end of an era in American pedagogy. Yet one would hardly have realized it from the pitifully small group of mourners at the funeral. Indeed, were it not for the obituary Benjamin Fine thoughtfully inserted in the New York Times, few outside the dwindling list of subscribers would even have known. Why this oblivion for a journal that once commanded world-wide attention? The appearance of Mr. Woodring's new book just two months later ought to provide some fruitful clues. Woodring, who teaches psychology at Western Washington College of Education and has served as consultant to the Fund for the Advancement of Education, propounds an engaging thesis. Progressive education, he contends, must be seen primarily as a reaction—in the Hegelian sense—to classicism in pedagogy. The "classic thesis," as he calls it, maintains that man is a rational being; that the proper aim... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 59 Number 3, 1957, p. 181-181
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 4501, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 8:33:03 PM

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