Education: Progressives' Victory

Progressive Education won a thumping victory over traditional education last week. The biggest Progressive experiment ever conducted, involving 65,000 of New York City's 600,000 elementary school children, was officially pronounced a success.

New York City launched its experiment, called the "activity program," in 70 schools six years ago. Though handicapped by old-fashioned teachers and old-fashioned schoolrooms with fixed desks (anathema to Progressives, who like to give children room to paint, hammer, build), the experimental schools scrapped their formal curriculum and educated their pupils by "activities," e.g., keeping store, building a post office,...

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