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ERIC Number: EJ798520
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-175X
The Future of Progressive Education
Hayes, William
Educational Horizons, v86 n3 p153-160 Spr 2008
What David J. Ferrero has called "the Hundred Year's War between "progressives" and "traditionalists"" continues unabated in the twenty-first century. Undoubtedly, current initiatives in public education favor those who support traditional approaches, yet many critics believe inflexible state tests are restricting teachers' flexibility in employing methods other than teacher-centered direct instruction. President Bush's proposal for extending mandatory testing beyond grade eight into high school and renewed discussions about establishing national curricular standards and tests are threatening to prevent schools and teachers from using progressive education theory and methods. While its easy for progressives to become discouraged, it is still premature to declare the final decline of progressive education in the United States. In this article, the author reviews the current state of progressive education and predicts how politics will affect its future.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001