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First Do No Harm: Progressive Education in a Time of Existential Risk develops a comprehensive argument for the importance of progressive education in light of the world's increasingly severe challenges. Current educational practices, particularly in the United States, instill conformity and compliance at a time when authority must be challenged, skepticism must thrive and First Do No Harm: Progressive Education in a Time of Existential Risk develops a comprehensive argument for the importance of progressive education in light of the world's increasingly severe challenges. Current educational practices, particularly in the United States, instill conformity and compliance at a time when authority must be challenged, skepticism must thrive and our students must be imaginative, creative, empathic and passionately alive. Steve Nelson traces the origins of progressive education and cites the rich history and inarguable science behind progressive practices. He argues that a traditional or conventional approach to education has dominated as a matter of political expediency, not good practice, and he provides an unsparing critique of current policy and practice, particularly the excesses of contemporary education reform. Using anecdotes from his many years as an educational leader, he makes the case in an engaging, colorful and accessible style. In the final chapter, Nelson offers a Bill of Educational Rights, hoping teachers, parents and all citizens will demand a more joyful, constructive and loving education for the children in their care.


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First Do No Harm: Progressive Education in a Time of Existential Risk develops a comprehensive argument for the importance of progressive education in light of the world's increasingly severe challenges. Current educational practices, particularly in the United States, instill conformity and compliance at a time when authority must be challenged, skepticism must thrive and First Do No Harm: Progressive Education in a Time of Existential Risk develops a comprehensive argument for the importance of progressive education in light of the world's increasingly severe challenges. Current educational practices, particularly in the United States, instill conformity and compliance at a time when authority must be challenged, skepticism must thrive and our students must be imaginative, creative, empathic and passionately alive. Steve Nelson traces the origins of progressive education and cites the rich history and inarguable science behind progressive practices. He argues that a traditional or conventional approach to education has dominated as a matter of political expediency, not good practice, and he provides an unsparing critique of current policy and practice, particularly the excesses of contemporary education reform. Using anecdotes from his many years as an educational leader, he makes the case in an engaging, colorful and accessible style. In the final chapter, Nelson offers a Bill of Educational Rights, hoping teachers, parents and all citizens will demand a more joyful, constructive and loving education for the children in their care.

35 review for First, Do No Harm: Progressive Education in a Time of Existential Risk

  1. 5 out of 5

    Denny Taylor

    Essential reading for every parent, teacher, and policy maker. At a time when public schools have been badly damaged by the virus of corporate education reform, Steve Nelson's First Do No Harm: Public Education in a Time of Existential Risk is the antidote. If we want children to thrive and be actively and enthusiastically engaged in activities and projects that will prepare them to be creative problem solvers in an uncertain and rapidly changing world, then join Matt Damon (who has written the Essential reading for every parent, teacher, and policy maker. At a time when public schools have been badly damaged by the virus of corporate education reform, Steve Nelson's First Do No Harm: Public Education in a Time of Existential Risk is the antidote. If we want children to thrive and be actively and enthusiastically engaged in activities and projects that will prepare them to be creative problem solvers in an uncertain and rapidly changing world, then join Matt Damon (who has written the introduction) and read Steve's brilliant book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Jaconette

    Good overview of progressive education, the ideals that define it and why those are important for today's schools.

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