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Original article | International Journal of Progressive Education 2016, Vol. 12(1) 7-12

Review essay: Can progressive education save America’s schools?

John L. Pecore

pp. 7 - 12   |  Manu. Number: ijpe.2016.013

Published online: February 01, 2016  |   Number of Views: 142  |  Number of Download: 183


Abstract

In Loving Learning: How Progressive Education Can Save America's Schools, Tom Little and Katherine Ellison describe Tom’s experiences, personal joumey and knowledge of progressive education. During a pilgrimage to 45 progressive schools, Tom set out to visit schools that unabashedly called themselves progressive and asked the question, "What is progressive education?" This essay first reviews the book around six core strategies identified as progressive, and then provides a discussion in the context of 20th century curriculum ideologies. Differences between ideologies are what lead to the dualism that makes education divisive. The current state of education reveals a new surge for change. By avoiding the -isms that force the dichotomy in education, progressive education strategies can play a more central role in curriculum.

Keywords: Progressive Education, America's Schools, curriculum ideologies


How to Cite this Article?

APA 6th edition
Pecore, J.L. (2016). Review essay: Can progressive education save America’s schools?. International Journal of Progressive Education, 12(1), 7-12.

Harvard
Pecore, J. (2016). Review essay: Can progressive education save America’s schools?. International Journal of Progressive Education, 12(1), pp. 7-12.

Chicago 16th edition
Pecore, John L. (2016). "Review essay: Can progressive education save America’s schools?". International Journal of Progressive Education 12 (1):7-12.

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