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 "Progressive" education 
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I thought it was interesting how they wanted to create a "progressive" education and get away from the traditional, so they thought tests were the answer. Isn't that a little ironic. I mean today we think of testing as the most rigid and boring way of assessing students and think of hands-on activities as "progressive". I wonder what the future generations will consider to be progressive. Will hands-on be a thing of the past?

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Get ready for a flashback girls... indeed it is ironic that "progressive" was used so readily in reference to this new testing fettish. Thinking back to Ministers of Reform though( hey... I warned you...) I see progressive being associated so much more with Dewey and his developing ideas on constructivism and modern education. In fact, as we have seen from the book, he was one of the fountainheads of the progressive movement (at least according to ... Crunden?). It is an interesting duality, isn't it? This hands on verses the test. But it exists even today, does it not? We learn of the best teaching methods in our college classrooms (the most innovative and developementally appropriate- progressive) then enter the field only to be bumbarded by programized educational programs mandating we teach to the test (something 'progressive' in the sense that it can show growth and analyze our educational system through raw data- numbers). Which is the more progressive? I am learning that 'progressive' can be a term that is entirely dependent upon the eye of the beholder.

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