A video demonstrating the Progressive Education movement.Have we changed?
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This video depicts education in the 40s. It opens with the children reciting Psalm 23. They sat through endless classroom drills such as reciting multiplication tables. The teacher would point to a state and say the name and the children would repeat the name. It shows a young boy bent over while the teacher beat him with a stick on his back side. At Columbia University President Kilpatrick shared how important learning by doing, learning about practical every day problems, and practical teaching. "A child can dictate what he sees before he can read about it in a book." Teachers show how learning can be fun. The "project" is the best method of progressive teaching. For instance, buying something at the store involves arithmetic. Students prepare their own food and learn that butter comes from cream and cream comes from cows. Managing the school store is an advanced exercise in practical business. Real world application is accompanied by creative writing for a well rounded schooling experience. John Dewey is depicted giving a speech in this clip stating we must prepare the children for their world, the world of the future.
I am so impressed with this video. It sounds to me like this progressive education concept was revolutionary in the 40s. There will always be skeptics when there is change, but through proven results, the real world application is way more effective for teaching and for learning. The recitation that was happening prior to the progressive education movement was boring and not engaging. Children must learn through experiencing things hands on. This is helping me to grow in my experiences because I was working with children in my field placement on money and they just weren't getting it. I feel that if they were to integrate social studies with their math curriculum by crossing some business principles and production with money by making a school classroom where they make and buy things and sell them, the students would come in to a better understanding of money. Right now they are filling out worksheets with hypothetical scenarios on them and its just not clicking. Children have to do to learn.