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Education: Outside In 

Could we imagine that the intersection of the Prairie School of architecture and progressive education marks a particular strategy of reworking the the urban topology? In it's rejection of neo-classical ornament and scale--school as urban citadel--we might see not simply a ruthless break with history, but an attempt to draw to the surface a perennial …

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Progressive Architecture 

Last week I found myself trying to lay out for my colleagues—in preparation for an upcoming Colloquium by Kevin D. Murphy, on school architecture—the essential relationship between philosophies of education and architecture. Tricky, since this relationship tends to go deep underground. Into caves, for example. And the challenge is to realize that it is not …

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Everyone’s a Progressive These Days 

Here's an interesting post on the provenance of "progressives": Progressives at War in Schools and Classrooms. Larry Cuban writes: What contemporary progressive-minded teachers and administrators who continue to cope with the standards-based accountability and testing movement have to remember is that the deep well from which early 20th century progressives drank not only included John …

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Progressive Education & The Myth of Sisyphus  ☆

It has to make sense. Those things we bring ourselves to day after day. Or rather, do we not need them to promise, one day, to offer up their sense, retroactively. This is the work. Progress. But what is sense? Against what do we measure progress? King Sisyphus' problems started with the hubris of thinking …

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