Tracing the roots of “progressive education” back to European ideals of totalitarianism
Progressingamerica - June 9, 2012
One of the most dangerous aspects of progressivism is the stranglehold they have upon the educational system. None of the ideas they have are new, some may be modern spins on old ideals, but these ultimately go back a long, long way. John Dewey is very well known as the father of modern education, but Dewey himself cites Mann as the “patron saint of progressive education”. This makes Mann an important figure to be readily knowledgable about, as well as the roots of his beliefs.
Horace Mann is to Massachusetts’ education what Dewey is to American education, to put it shortly. But tracking down the influences is what I’m going to attempt to do, and in doing so this will take quite some time. Because of the format of a blog, this may come off as convoluted if it’s not read all the way through. Here, I copied a small line from TIME which mentions how Mann traveled to Germany and while there, he picked up ideas. What those ideas were, is what’s important. I can’t read the full article, but I have little doubt that they gloss over the fact that Mann was highly influenced by Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi past that one line.