"The philosophy of progressivism matters because it has direct, practical consequences, even if people are unaware of its origins or feel that they are above the debate."
In this thought-provoking piece, written by Greg Ashman for his blog Filling the Pail, the history of educational progressivism, its current place as the dominant ideology amongst decision makers and the significance this has for schools and teachers.
"One essential principle is that education is a form of natural development. A strong metaphor might be a growing flower – provide the right conditions such as water, compost and light and the flower will grow according to some internal plan."
About the Author
Greg Ashman is a teacher living and working in Australia who blogs regularly about educational research.