Hyperindividualism is perhaps the most damaging aspect of educational progressivism.
Kate Walsh of the National Council on Teacher Quality in the US describes, “the belief that every student is so unique that the best teaching practices cannot be applied” as, “a fierce ideological obsession“. In Walsh’s view, this leads to the rejection of the idea that there may be a best way of teaching early reading. In turn, this therefore leads to a rejection of systematic synthetic phonics which is, as we know, the best way of teaching early reading.
Hyperindividualism is behind everything from the obsession with differentiation, despite the lack of evidence for many practices that are given this name, to the rejection of fair and consistent behaviour policies. The theoretical basis changes over time – it used…
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