For progressive educators, Calhoun is becoming a beacon. Over the past several years, Head of School Steve Nelson and the Board of Trustees are together crafting a direction that seeks to examine where PK-12 progressive education is headed in the future. Not satisfied with the historical legacy of progressive schools, Calhoun seeks to be a leader among educators thirsting for models. To launch this initiative, the school has been offering to its Board, staff and parents a series of courses on the topic of progressive education. The notion is that the Calhoun community should be steeped in an deep understanding of the the philosophy and history of the progressive ed. movement, and it is in this area that the leaders of the school have developed an expertise.
A scholar of the history of progressive education, Steve points out that the legacy of the movement precedes even the days of John Dewey and Francis Parker. The impulse to respect childhood and nurture children’s social, emotional, physical development arose a century earlier and it is Steve’s desire that our society recognizes that the progressive education movement did not spring up overnight, and is rooted in a deep historical lineage.
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