Progressivism, schools and schools of education: An American romance

  title={Progressivism, schools and schools of education: An American romance},
  author={David Labaree},
  journal={Paedagogica Historica},
  pages={275 - 288}
  • David Labaree
  • Published 1 February 2005
  • Education
  • Paedagogica Historica
This paper tells a story about progressivism, schools and schools of education in twentieth‐century America. Depending on one's position in the politics of education, this story can assume the form of a tragedy or a romance, or perhaps even a comedy. The heart of the tale is the struggle for control of American education in the early twentieth century between two factions of the movement for progressive education. The administrative progressives won this struggle, and they reconstructed the… 
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