What is Progressive Education?

The progressive education movement grew from an educational reform movement at the beginning of the 20th century, where new educational philosophers began to argue the goal of education should be more than achievement of baseline level of information. Instead, as educational reformer and philosopher John Dewey, wrote, education should be seen not as much a “preparation for life, but life itself.” Furthermore, Dewey argued that education should be active and interactive and that the method of education must fit the learner; he saw education a less of “an affair of ‘telling’ and being told, but an active and constructing process.” Today, these elements are still evident in the modern progressive education movement.

At Stevenson PACT, progressive education means...

treating students as individuals, meeting them at their developmental level, and being responsive to what excites students and helping them develop their passions. It also means that social emotional learning is valued equally to academic learning. The Stevenson PACT philosophy has developed over the past 20 years, but has always included elements of integrated, hands-on learning, alternative and enriched curricula, and a collaborative community.

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Stevenson PACT Students Receive

  • Facts and Skills taught in a Context and for a Purpose
  • Project Based Learning
  • Hands-on, active learning
  • Student performance centered environment and program
  • Memorization of Facts and Skills out of Context for Testing Purposes
  • Traditional subjects taught without context
  • Textbook/worksheet lessons
  • School performance centered environment and program