The Pedagogy of Progress

The incredible scientific and material progress of the last several centuries held a great significance for Montessori. She that it should not be taken for granted, that it should be taught, and that it instanced the greatness of humanity.

She also viewed the child's growth as analogous to science, engineering, or artistry. Just as adults work to create civilization, and each new artifact is an achievement of some person, so each child works to create herself, and each step of development is an achievement of that child.

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Montessori at the World's Fair

Montessori's glass classroom at the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition: the story, and its significance for progress in education.

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We Need a New Philosophy of Progress

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But it was not always so.

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A Golden Age for Investigating Progress

The need to educate around human achievement is timeless. But we are fortunate to be the beneficiaries of an emerging pursuit, Progress Studies, whereby the history and nature of material progress is being looked at fresh, from multiple perspectives, inside and outside of the academy.

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Industrial Literacy: The Big Ideas, Part I

The first essay in a series highlighting the deeper and more abstract lessons that a study of the history of industrial progress can provide, such as the power of feedback loops, the importance of serendipity, and the value of wonder.

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We Need a New Philosophy of Progress

We live in an age that has lost its optimism. Polls show that people think the world is getting worse, not better. Children fear dying from environmental catastrophe before they reach old age. Technologists are as likely to be told that they are ruining society as that they are bettering it.

But it was not always so.

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