With roots going back to Jean Jacques Rousseau and with the guidanceof John Dewey, progressive education has dominated American schoolssincethe early years of the 20th century. That is not to say thatprogressiveeducation has gone unchallenged.5 Challenges increased inintensitystarting in the 1950s, waxed and waned, and in the 1990s gainedunprecedentedstrength. A consequence of the domination of progressivism during thefirsthalf of the 20th century was a predictable and remarkably steadydecreaseof academic content in public schools.


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