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A Brief History of Progressive Education

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  1. Introduction: Why Study Progressive Education? (Preview Content)
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  2. Lesson 1: Progressive Education and the Progressive Movement (Preview Content)
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  3. Discussion 1: How Did Classical Educators Respond? (Preview Content)
  4. Lesson 2: Education in America before Progressive Education
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  5. Discussion 2: The Influence of Massachusetts in Educational History
  6. Lesson 3: Just What is Progressive Education?
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  7. Discussion 3: Mental Testing & the Core Beliefs of Progressive Ed.
  8. Lesson 4: Who Was John Dewey?
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  9. Discussion 4: The Complexity and Contradictions of John Dewey
  10. Lesson 5: The Progressive Revolution in American Education
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  11. Lesson 6: The Administrative Progressives
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  12. Discussion 6: What Should the Role of Efficiency Be in Education?
  13. Lesson 7: The Pedagogical Progressives
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  14. Discussion 7: Persisting Classical Elements in Progressive Educators
  15. Lesson 8: The Social Progressives
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  16. Discussion 8: Is Child-Centered Education Appropriate in Some Ways?
  17. Lesson 9: The "End" of Progressive Education
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  18. Discussion 9: The Changing Face and Names for Progressive Education
  19. Lesson 10: The Continuation of Progressive Education
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  20. Discussion 10: Big Schools, Tracking & Pedagogy vs Subject Expertise
  21. Lesson 11: Deepening our Understanding of Progressive Education
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  22. Discussion 11: What is Media Doing to Our Concepts of Education?
  23. Lesson 12: Taking the Long View of Progressive and Classical Education
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  24. Discussion 12: What Does It Mean to Take the Long View?
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Discussion 1: How Did Classical Educators Respond? (Preview Content)

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  • (00:00) Chris:  Why didn’t classical educators at that time respond better?  How did they respond?  How did they handle these life-changing inventions?
  • (01:09) Jason:  They already have started to lose the day before this.  Educational history is tricky to do.  Progressivism era in education is still going today.  It never goes away.
  • (03:24) Chris:  Is it possible that they didn’t fully understand what was happening at the time?
  • (05:02) Jason: It’s really the progressives that invent education as a discipline.
  • (06:20) Chris:  The word progressivism and the progressive model makes one think of moving forward.  Could you talk about what progressive educators were moving toward?  What was their ideal society?
  • (06:50) Jason:  They don’t have one (an ideal society).  You can’t really have progress unless you have a clear vision toward a particular point.  It is really an abandonment of fixed goals.  They want an efficient society.  They know what they don’t like, and they don’t like the past.
  • (09:37) Chris:  Does this account for the way that so many progressive educators focus on pedagogical methods, without as much focus on what those methods are to achieve or attain?
  • (09:53) Jason:  With the training of educators today, the focus is not on what we want them to know, but here is this method (labelled scientific).  This is dehumanizing to the teacher themselves, delivering (with method) to another machine.