Progressive Education Traditions (PET)
“I loved the class and I would take it again. It provided a lot of context for what has been happening in the educational world over the past few decades. I found the readings fascinating, and felt everyone in the room had a lot to bring to the conversation--even non-teachers, since we all have our own educational memories. It was really eye-opening in terms of what works and what does not work in the classroom.“ —Jessica Dudley, member of PET Cohort 5
First offered in 2009, Progressive Education Traditions (PET) is a six-part evening course for adults and Calhoun's Upper School students. It's aim is to deepen our understanding of the progressive education tradition. Sponsored by Calhoun's School & Society.
Classes are held in the evening, over the course of six months. Participants are provided with articles to read in preparation for each class session, and are expected to participate in class discussions, complete one small group assignment and one final project for in-class presentation.
- What is the purpose of education?
- What is known about the way children learn and how can it and does it inform teaching?
- Who are the partners in a student's educational process?
Possible Class Topics
- A Lively History of Progressive Education: chalk tablet to iPad tablet
- Theory into Practice: Realizing the Ideals of Equity, Diversity and Democracy in Schools
- How We Learn: Brain-Based Research and Educational Implications
- The Macro: The Landscape of Schooling: Progressive Education Today, in NYC and the U.S.
- The Micro: What does Progressive Teaching Look Like in the Classroom at all Levels—Lower, Middle and Upper School
- Project Presentations