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Progressive Education Beginnings: The Voices of American Individualists Elizabeth and Alexis Ferm.
|Posted By: Arthur Mark on September 16, 2016|
A close reading of all the prominent speakers who spoke tot the early Progressive Education
conventions will show great divergence of thinking of what "Progressive Education" should be.
Heard several times by the assembly was the voice of Alexis Ferm, American Individualist and considered by some , anarchist. His influence and the impact of the dozen or so Ferrer Modern
Schools has not been measured in the evolution of "Progressive Education". Elizabeth Ferm was a Froebelian with her "gifts" always close by, but never would follow any "Script,a concept anathema to the schools she and her husband Alexis operated.
I suggest to others interested in this period read, "Two Libertarian Educators: Elizabeth and Alexis Ferm" one chapter of which may be found reproduced in the Teachers College Record, 1973.
Professor Emeritus Arthur Mark, Ed.D Teachers College, Columbia University