A Leap of Faith – A Student’s Perspective

Part 3 – a Student’s Perspective

The Mercenary Researcher

The Thoughtful Student

“For most people, the fundamental reason to choose, or offer, a progressive education is a function of their basic values: ‘a rock-bottom commitment to democracy,’ as Joseph Featherstone put it; a belief that meeting children’s needs should take precedence over preparing future employees; and a desire to nourish curiosity, creativity, compassion, skepticism, and other virtues.”

-Alfie Kohn, “Progressive Education”

When Denise asked me if I could contribute an article on progressive education, I was excited and nervous. I was nervous because for many years, a progressive approach to education has been a central part of my life, but because it is so important to me, I had trouble deciding where I should begin. Should I start with my own experiences: many years of various forms of traditional education, which I owe many things to, but which failed to fulfill some very basic needs of mine? Or overcoming…

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About Rutabaga the Mercenary Researcher

I'm a research librarian for Public Television, story teller, bike commuter, baker, music fiend, lover of reading & books, mother, wife, friend - and many more descriptive adjectives and nouns.
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