A few weeks back, just after the publication of Progressively Worse, I noticed how few serious attempts there were to argue for progressive education on the basis of anything resembling empirical evidence, or coherent reasoning. Out of frustration, I tweeted a guide to arguing for progressive education in the way is it normally done on Twitter and in blogs.
Here is the full list:
- Disagreement with a progressive is a personal attack.
- Personal attacks on traditionalists aren’t personal attacks.
- If all else fails, object to the tone of somebody’s argument.
- Claim nobody really disagrees with you and anyone who says they do is wrong.
- Anyone who disagrees, hasn’t understood (but make no attempt to remedy the misunderstanding)
- Disagreement is only acceptable from certain types. Non-teachers or new teachers are not allowed.
- Anyone who disagrees with you, just doesn’t care as much as you do. Which is a lot.
- Education debate should…
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