The More Things Change–A View Of Progressive Learning From 1940

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“The world is moving at a tremendous rate. No one knows where. We must prepare our children not for the world of the past, not for our world, but for their world–the world of the future.”

That is not Ken Robinson, but John Dewey.

In the 1940s.

The ideas we hold fast to in hopes of revolutionizing–or at least iterating–education were en vogue eighty years ago.

Project-Based Learning?

Authentic, community-based learning?

Creativity?

Technology?

Constructivism?

Collaboration?

All present and accounted for in reaction to what was viewed as “non-progressive learning.” The video explains “drill learning (from the 1920s and 1930s) was simple if not monotonous…as if to measure the strength of his memory rather than his understanding.”

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