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Progressive Education: "Two Libertarian Educators Elizabeth and Alexis Ferm"
|Posted By: Arthur Mark on June 27, 2017|
The doctoral dissertation by Arthur Mark Ed.D (T.C. Columbia 1973) examines the
life in radical education by two pioneer educators who were influential in the early Progressive Education era.
These inspired "American Individualists" were principals of the Modern School in Stelton, New Jersey based on the educational principles of Francisco Ferrer and Friedrich Froebel. Some 18 schools were identified who followed the the Ferm principles.
The author interviewed Alexis Ferm shortly before he died at 100 years old. A
comparison of many "Progressive" schools show how different they were in philosophy and curricular application.
The dissertation committee was led by Professor Arthur W. Foshay, Sponsor and
Professor Maxine Greene.
( See the TC Record for one chapter of the dissertation printed in 1973)