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Progressive Education

Common Core: The Lego Kit of Education

Steve Nelson | Posted 08.22.2015 | Education
Steve Nelson

Children who play with piles of Legos, inventing and building as they wish, exhibit far more long-term creativity than children who build things from Lego kits. Rearranging Legos from a messy pile is a better learning experience than working from a kit with directions (unless you're in a hurry and hope to use the finished Lego product as a household appliance).

Schools That Teach to the Arts, Not to the Test

Peter Mandel | Posted 05.01.2015 | Education
Peter Mandel

With all the pushback these days against standardized testing, and with so much talk about how kids from different backgrounds learn differently, you'd think we'd have a country sprinkled with schools that dedicate themselves to injecting the arts into education.

Everyone Admires China's Great Education System -- Except the Chinese

Steve Nelson | Posted 10.29.2014 | Education
Steve Nelson

China may be a fearsome economic competitor, but it is not because their education is superb. If you don't believe me, take it from a group of Chinese college students.

The Odyssey Project: Incarcerated Youth Bring a Classic to the Stage at UCSB

Ming Holden | Posted 09.16.2014 | Impact
Ming Holden

The boys shuffle in from the bright Isla Vista heat outside, eight teenagers dressed in the navy blue polo shirt, slacks, and black-and-white converse sneakers that constitute the uniform of the juvenile detention center a few miles outside of town.

The Reason I Love Learning (But My Friends Don't)

Olivia Abrams | Posted 07.12.2014 | Teen
Olivia Abrams

Every week articles and editorials are printed about education. As a high school student, learning through a progressive approach, my experience suggests that they should be questioning traditional education instead.

Myths of Spoiled Children and Other Things

Steve Nelson | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
Steve Nelson

We love to hold fast to our points of view without regard to evidence to the contrary. This is particularly the case in so-called educational reform, where most of the prescriptions for what ails education are based on assumptions that are simply not true.

Making Time for Children

Cynthia Gibbs-Wilborn | Posted 05.31.2014 | Hawaii
Cynthia Gibbs-Wilborn

On our trip to the Big Island, I couldn't have been more proud of our teachers who planned this special event. They truly understood what it meant to create child-centered, developmentally appropriate, experiential learning opportunities.

Drugs, Sex, Rock 'n Roll and Kindergarten

Steve Nelson | Posted 10.07.2013 | Impact
Steve Nelson

A common argument against progressive education is an aggressive claim that it didn't work. Of course it didn't. It never really happened.

Why Was It Called 'Progressive Education'?

E. D. Hirsch, Jr. | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics
E. D. Hirsch, Jr.

Readers of the Huffington Post should not continue to be misled by the accidental lexical residues of the word "progressive" from a rather bizarre moment in European and American intellectual history. Intellectual history may not be very jazzy, but whoever ignores it will be tyrannized by it.

A Counter Narrative for a Day Such as This

Gary Stager | Posted 02.13.2013 | Education
Gary Stager

December 14th's unfathomable tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School is unlikely to lead to serious action on gun control. More likely, there will be...

Remembering Annemarie Roeper

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 07.17.2012 | Detroit
Patrick O'Connor

If her name doesn't ring a bell, it will. Annemarie Bondy Roeper and her husband George opened an early childhood program in Detroit in 1941, and later moved the school to the Detroit suburbs.

Can We Teach Children to Love Learning?

Elissa Viggiani | Posted 11.13.2011 | Education
Elissa Viggiani

Recently, I saw a sign that read, "Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning."

Studies Support Rewards, Homework, and Traditional Teaching. Or Do They?

Alfie Kohn | Posted 05.31.2011 | Education
Alfie Kohn

But when you watch what happens after the studies, or you look more carefully at the impact of these interventions, the initial findings have a way of going up in smoke.

Education Reform: Accent on the Wrong Syllable

Deborah Dumont | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Deborah Dumont

What is President Obama thinking? His get-tough education plan will damage and isolate schools that need federal support, not punishment.

Educating for Democracy: E.D. Hirsch's Naive Solutions

Joel Shatzky | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Joel Shatzky

The emphasis on test scores which, in NY, could lead to the closing of a school if no "improvement" is shown, has created fear in schools with low-performing students.

Best School Moments

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tom Vander Ark

There's nothing more thrilling than watching a first grader string sounds and words together and then beam with pride and understanding, "I'm reading!"