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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.
The Editors: Susan F. Semel is Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Hofstra University. She received her A.B. in History from Wheaton College (Norton, Massachusetts), and her M.A.T., Ed.M., and Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is the author of The Dalton School: The Transformation of a Progressive School (Peter Lang, 1992), coauthor of Exploring Education, and coeditor of the International Handbook of Educational Reform.
Alan R. Sadovnik is Professor of Education at Adelphi University. He received his B.A. in Sociology from Queens College of the City University of New York, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University. He is the author of Equity and Excellence in Higher Education: The Decline of a Liberal Educational Reform (Peter Lang, 1994), editor of Knowledge and Pedagogy: The Sociology of Basil Bernstein, coeditor of Exploring Society, the International Handbook of Educational Reform and Implementing Educational Reform, and coauthor of Exploring Education.