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«Schools of Tomorrow», Schools of Today

What Happened to Progressive Education


Susan F. Semel and Alan R. Sadovnik

« Schools of Tomorrow,» Schools of Today documents some of the child-centered progressive schools founded in the first half of the twentieth century and provides histories of some more contemporary examples of progressive practices. Part I discusses seven progressive schools founded in the first part of the twentieth century (Francis W. Parker; Organic; Park; City and Country; Lincoln; Dalton; Arthurdale), tracing them from their beginnings to the present, or until their regrettable demises. Part II examines four more contemporary schools (Butterfield; Free Union Country; Urban Academy; W. Haywood Burns), 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. The lessons from the past about what has happened to progressive education hopefully will inform contemporary debates.
Contents: Susan F. Semel: Introduction – Marie Kirchner Stone: The Francis W. Parker School: Chicago’s Progressive Education Legacy – Joseph W. Newman: Experimental School, Experimental Community: The Marietta Johnson School of Organic Education in Fairhope, Alabama – Eugene F. Provenzo, Jr.: An Adventure with Children: Reflections on the Park School of Buffalo and American Progressive Education – Susan F. Semel: The City and Country School: A Progressive Paradigm – John M. Heffron: The Lincoln School of Teachers College: Elitism and Educational Democracy – Susan F. Semel: The Dalton School: The Transformation of a Progressive School – Daniel Perlstein/Sam Stack: Building a New Deal Community: Progressive Education at Arthurdale – Arthur Zilversmit: Closing the Door on Open Education: Butterfield School – Mary Bushnell: A Small School Grows Up: The Free Union Country School – Mary Anne Raywid: A School that Really Works: Urban Academy – Cynthia McCallister: A New Vision in Progressive Public Education: The Story of the W. Haywood Burns School – Susan F. Semel/Alan R. Sadovnik: Progressive Education: Lessons From the Past and the Present.