Progressive Educational Theory

Can schools build a new society? Or is education an agent of cultural reproduction? Seminary students need to know about progressive educational philosophies and methodologies if they are interested in secular or religious teaching; in higher education; or in working with children, youth, young adults. What is the purpose of education? Is it to liberate the poor, to resist, or to teach a “hidden agenda” that will inculcate attitudes and values to support the hegemony? This course will offer a deeply nuanced understanding of education — our most important and least understood social institution.

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