ERIC Number: EJ726649
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
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Restoring Progressive Values
Berman, Sheldon H.
School Administrator, v62 n10 p16 Nov 2005
Irwin Blumer, a colleague and mentor, once said that it is the vision one articulates and the values one holds dear that provide the real leadership to move a school district forward. In his own tenure as superintendent, the values of equity and respect for human differences were paramount, and everyone in his district knew it. Today, in an era of standards, testing and accountability, it is all too easy to forget the larger mission of public education and that values matter. "Holding Values: What We Mean by Progressive Education" is a collection of essays by members of the North Dakota Study Group on Evaluation that affirm the vital importance of the quality of children's lives and the ideal of participatory democracy in education. For the author of this paper, "Holding Values" is an eloquent reminder of the power of progressive values to guide his work along more child-centered and democratic lines and to reclaim the original vision of public education--developing thoughtful citizens who can sustain their democracy.
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