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«Schools of Tomorrow,» Schools of Today

Progressive Education in the 21st Century – Second Edition


Edited By Susan F. Semel, Alan R. Sadovnik and Ryan W. Coughlan

The second edition of «Schools of Tomorrow,» Schools of Today: Progressive Education in the 21 st Century documents a new collection of child-centered progressive schools founded in the first half of the twentieth century and provides histories of some contemporary examples of progressive practices. Part I discusses six progressive schools founded in the first part of the twentieth century (City and Country; Dalton; the Weekday School at Riverside Church; The Laboratory School at the Institute of Child Study; Alabama State Teachers College Laboratory High School; and Highlander), tracing them from their beginnings. Part II examines four more contemporary schools (Central Park East 1; Central Park East Secondary; Learning Community Charter School; and KIPP TEAM Academy), showing how progressive practices gained momentum from the 1960s onward. As a volume in the History of Schools and Schooling series, this book seeks to look to the past for what it can teach us today.
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Names: Semel, Susan F. | Sadovnik, Alan R. | Coughlan, Ryan W. Title: “Schools of tomorrow,” schools of today: progressive education in the 21st century / [edited by] Susan F. Semel, Alan R. Sadovnik, Ryan W. Coughlan. Description: Second edition. | New York: Peter Lang, 2016. Series: History of schools and schooling; v. 8 | ISSN 1089-0678 Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2015039074 | ISBN 978-1-4331-1266-9 (paperback: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4539-1755-8 (e-book) Subjects: LCSH: Progressive education—United States—Case studies. Education—United States—Experimental methods—Case studies. Alternative schools—United States—Case studies. Educational change—United States—History. | Dewey, John, 1859–1952. Schools of tomorrow. Classification: LCC LB1027.3.S33 2015 | DDC 370.11—dc23 LC record available at

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The cover includes photos (moving clockwise beginning in the upper-left) from the archives of The Weekday School at Riverside Church, Alabama State Teachers College, and The Learning Community Charter School.

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