1. Explain how and why reformers centralized power in both city and school government during the progressive era. What effect, in your view, did this have on American democracy?
2. Analyze and debate the merits of a traditional, classical, academic education for all young people versus opportunities for vocational education. Consider justifications and historical circumstances with respect to both the progressive era and modern times.
3. As a result of reading Deweyâ??s article â??Education and Social Change,â? what do you believe schools can and/or should accomplish in terms of achieving social change? Compare and contrast your views with those of John Dewey,
Use this website as a helpful timeline for centralization of power. Remember that the states were just getting used to the new Constitution after repealing the Articles of Confederation that was the first Federal Government attempt after the Civil War. States were adamant that local control was more important that federal power over all aspects of State business.
This site has references to major influential players that you can research quickly to find out their philosophy;
Think about W.E.B Dubois' Contribution to ed reform. He was an intellectual reformer who recognized the expanding middle class and the growing number of working professionals.
Using Georgia as an example:
Local control was being established as a better means of knowing state needs. Major legislation was established in 1916 by their General Assembly, who voted ...
This solution traces the history of Progressive Education and Social Reform.