Guiding Questions

What is the purpose of education? What is worth understanding? What practices turn learning into schooling, and schooled experience into what Paulo Freire called the “restless, impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry human beings pursue in the world, with the world, and each other”?  

We will explore the foundational principles of progressive education through writers such as John Dewey, W.E.B. Dubois, Myles Horton, bell hooks, Ira Shor, and others in the context of our own diverse educational histories.  In addition, this course will address the learning needs of students making the transition from the requirements of a traditional system to Evergreen’s unique approach to learning.