Progressive Education and Political Culture

This is causing some consternation in certain spheres. Good.

2 thoughts on “Progressive Education and Political Culture

  1. I warmly endorse your call for teachers and learning to be respected, and I agree that it is the business of schools to pass down to the next generation the accumulated knowledge of our forebears. But I do worry that readers may construe “respect” as reverence, and they are not the same things at all.

    I am dismayed by the shift in educational focus from learning facts to moralising. Students are encouraged to think in slogans. Commitment to glib formulations of social issues trumps commitment to truth. There is an air of pious certainty in classrooms that is inimical to genuine scholarship.

    However, I would not like to see the current piety replaced by another — that received knowledge is sacred. Respect does not imply uncritical acceptance.

    That said, of course we must first understand an idea before we can criticise it fruitfully. And that means approaching it, in the first instance, in a spirit of respect and generosity.

    • Good point. It’s not written by me, of course, but I am in *broad* agreement with the content. It sounds like you are implying that teaching via the Trivium is a sensible approach, and that’s a view with which I agree wholeheartedly. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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