When I was in grade school, way, way back in the early 1970s (yes I am that old) I was subjected to (victimized by?) education reforms that were considered "progressive."
This included "open concept" where five different classes were taught in one massive room, with no walls to divide them; a "teach yourself" model, where students were expected to create their own lessons using the teacher as only one of many resources and "fun Fridays" which meant we got to go bowling.
At the time I thought this sort of "progressive" learning was great, but as it turned out the only thing I really learned was how to graduate without learning anything.
High School turned out to be a bit of a shock: "What do you mean there's no bowling?!"
Anyway, I am bringing all this up because I recently attended a meeting put on by the Society for Quality Education where a Manitoba teacher, Michael Zwaagstra, was speaking about what's wrong with public education.
And he made it clear that unfortunately progressivism is still alive and well in our schools.
Protecting "self-esteem", it seems, is deemed more important than you know, actually teaching kids stuff.
Zwaagstra has co-written a book on this topic, which includes ways to set our schools back on the right track.
It's too late for me, but perhaps we can save a future generation of students.