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ERIC Number: EJ1079918
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1550-1175
Time to Dream: "Reflections on Paul Diederich and the Progressive American High School"
O'Connor, John S.; Lessing, Avi D.
Schools: Studies in Education, v12 n2 p214-220 Fall 2015
In this essay, John S. O'Connor and Avi D. Lessing discuss the increasingly reductive and routinized nature of contemporary schools and the costs such an approach holds for students and teachers alike. The current approach is especially troublesome in light of the rich history of progressive voices, such as Paul Diederich, who have cautioned against such an approach for the past 75 years. In the current education climate, schools often concern themselves with the most efficient ways of delivering education, cramming the school day with required classes and common assessments. The authors lament the consequences of these practices, which rob teachers and students of time (to reflect, to create, to think) and which ultimately rob them of their individuality.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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