The Progressive Era | Overview

Fraser, J. (2014). Ch. 8: The Progressive Era, 1890-1950. The School in the United States. New York: Routledge. pp. 204-

Infographic: Reform Movements of the Progressive Era


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Relating each reading from the selection on the Progressive Era with current organizations and initiatives.

Administrative progressives who sought to consolidate power at the local level | James Jackson Storrow


Teachers who sought to improve their work environment and a seat at the political table | Margarette Haley, Ella Flagg Young, Cora Bigelow


Child-centered curriculum reformers | John Dewey


Advocates of testing measurement | Lewis Terman


Political reformers who wanted to collaborate with teachers to build a better world | George Counts


Democracy and Education

Screen Shot 2019-09-19 at 8.43.08 AMLast week in class, I made an appeal to the democratic nature of the classroom and what, if anything, you learned about, or better experienced as, democracy throughout your schooling. Right now, the question is Democracy. There are those who believe that:

  • The democratic nature of these United States is under threat.
  •  The value of a democratic state is less significant than a state that functions efficiently to address the issues of the day.

Democracy in Retreat – 2019 (Interactive World Map).


Discussion: Teachers’ Unions, what do you think? write it down, crumple it up, throw it into the middle….