What is progressive? What is traditional?


One of the more thoughtful bloggers in the “progressive” camp recently tried to define what she thought was progressive teaching. The link is here.


I have to say that I disagree with her analysis. I have known many teachers, traditional, progressive and in between, who venture off topic and go off at a tangent from time to time. It’s good to do so occasionally. The real difference between traditional and progressive lies elsewhere.

Perhaps it shouldn’t matter that they don’t know who Churchill is. Perhaps it shouldn’t matter that they know nothing at all. But when other children know, when other children understand the world in which they live and mine do not, I have to wonder how fair that is

Taken from “To Miss with Love” by Katharine Birbalsingh

To me, the above quotation explains what drives many of us who would put ourselves towards the traditional end of the…

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Full time teacher for over 30 years - last 9 years as Head of Department. Broadly traditional - I support the idea of core knowledge - but disagree with scripted lessons! All views my own
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