Progressive Education in Context

Volume I [PDF]

This first edition contains some current articles that highlight aspects of the educational vision, mission, and values of the Bank Street School for Children. Each article shares a perspective of education that is reflected in the classrooms of the School. We hope that you find the articles not only interesting and informative, but also pleasurable to read.

The first article, "Progressive Education", written by well-known educator, Alfie Kohn, highlights and describes the form and function of progressive education.

The second article, "The Fall and Rise of the 8th Grade School", was written by Stanlee Brimberg, the Division Coordinator of the Upper School, for The Parents League Review.

Finally, the third article, "No Ordinary Field Trip", was written by Sam Brian, a 13/14s (8th Grade) humanities teacher, after one of the annual 8th Grade trips to Washington, D.C.

Volume II [PDF]

In the second edition, members of the School for Children community describe aspects of progressive education in terms of their own area of expertise and experience. We hope that these articles provide you with different and distinct perspectives on our educational program and community.

Anne Tobias, a 4/5s teacher, shares her understanding and perspective of the intellectual, social, and emotional development of children in "Young Children at Play". This article clarifies, and builds an appreciation and understanding of, the importance of play in the lives of children.

The second article, "Technology at the Bank Street School for Children", is written by Wendy Apfel, the Educational Technology Coordinator. Wendy shares the overriding mission, vision, and values of technology in conjunction with progressive education.

In the third article by Meghan Armstrong, a 10/11s (5th Grade) humanities teacher, we follow her summer journey to China in terms of the China curriculum that she teaches.