Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

The gist of Paul Kirschner's argument here is that since progressive education is now 60- years old, it is now traditional, and hence the sort of education that came before it (that he advocates) is now progressive. This of course completely distorts the meaning of the word 'progressive', which by its very nature, suggests not only a move forward, but also, a move toward something better. Education based on explanation, practice, repetition and explicit instruction may help children memorize, but it does not help them, learn. More, it's the sort of education favoured by centrist authoritarian regimes, which again, is what makes it the opposite of progressive.

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