Friday, November 13, 2009

on progressive education

attending wingra school, a progressive elementary and middle school, i had a unique early education experience. i am constantly grateful for this experience and strongly feel that i became the person i am today because of it. my friend (and former classmate) alana, just published this article about progressive education, in which she details some of wingra's teaching philosophies and discusses why arne duncan and educational policy makers should take note.

(5 points if you can spot me in these photos)

5 comments:

Gidgetty said...

Top: Olive shirt on end of the table.
Bottom: Red shirt.

Nice! I'm posting the article on FB....hope that's okay.

gportelli said...

hilarious, i thought the top picture was from 1972 or something.

Lizzie said...

well, we were all hippie-liberals, so it kind of was like 1972...

Liz said...

I read that article on the school -- thought it was fascinating. There's a book out, Lives of Passion, School of Hope that is about a progressive public school in Colorado, following alums and finding out how they're living, working, etc., in the real world, and giving their perspectives on how a school without grades, credits or a set curriculum has affected them as adults. Some say the school saved their lives. (I think my youngest daughter would say that, were she lucky enough to go to a school like this.) It teaches kids, it doesn't teach to a test, and it shows how a well0-rounded approach guides kids to become lifelong learners. It sounds very, very cool.

Lizzie said...

wow, i'll have to check that book out - thanks!

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