A response to critics #3: Independent schools


One month ago, I published a historical critique of progressive education entitled Progressively Worse. It has two essential arguments. Firstly, from the 1960s onwards progressive education became a powerful orthodoxy within the state education system. Secondly, it has failed to improve the quality of education in our schools.

This is the third in a series of blogs responding to the criticism Progressively Worse has received to far. To read the first and second blogs, click here and here.

Progressively Worse is not about independent schools, but the independent sector does warrant a small mention in the conclusion. I write:

Independent schools have by no means been impervious to progressive education, but compared to the state sector, they have withstood the wilder extremes of the movement.

I continue that this essential traditionalism is one of the major reasons for the sustained success of independent schools. This argument is prefaced by…

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