New Education: Progressive Education One Hundred Years Ago Today

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Best known for his paean to self-sufficiency, Living the Good Life, which became a bestseller that Newsweek called “an underground bible for the city-weary,” Scott Nearing was also a high-profile public advocate for education reform at the start of the Progressive era. Lamenting that public schools had failed to keep up with societal changes, Nearing traveled the country during the early decades of the twentieth century, documenting schools that had abandoned a traditional authoritarian stance in favor of ...

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Overview

Best known for his paean to self-sufficiency, Living the Good Life, which became a bestseller that Newsweek called “an underground bible for the city-weary,” Scott Nearing was also a high-profile public advocate for education reform at the start of the Progressive era. Lamenting that public schools had failed to keep up with societal changes, Nearing traveled the country during the early decades of the twentieth century, documenting schools that had abandoned a traditional authoritarian stance in favor of child-centered practice. Now the vignettes, interviews, and speculations on school restructuring, curriculum development, and educational reform that he offered in The New Education a century ago are relevant once again.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595582096
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 12/1/2007
  • Series: Classics in Progressive Education Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 199
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Scott Nearing was born in 1883 and died in 1983. He was an educator, peace activist, conservationist, simple-living advocate, and antiracist worker, as well as the author or co-author of several bestselling books.
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Table of Contents


Series foreword   Herbert Kohl     vii
Foreword   Herbert Khol     ix
Original preface     xv
Original introduction     xix
The New Basis for Education     1
Teaching Boys and Girls     8
Fitting Schools to Children     19
Progressive Notes in Elementary Education     31
Keeping the High School in Step with Life     60
Higher Education at Lowville     80
A Great City School System     88
The Oyler School of Cincinnati     111
Vitalizing Rural Education     125
Out of the Mouths of Babes and Sucklings     147
Wide-Awake Sleepy Eye     157
The South for the New Education     168
The Spirit of the New Education     193
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