Community and Democracy in American Schools: Arthurdale and the Fate of Progressive Education
by Daniel Perlstein - 1996
Arthurdale, West Virginia, was created by New Deal policymakers as a resettlement community for displaced coal miners. Its schools were a landmark in efforts to bring Deweyan ideals of progressive education to bear on community life. This article examines the pedagogy developed at Arthurdale and the history of the homestead in order to illuminate the ambiguities of educatorsí efforts to promote community.
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