The Liberal Canon

April 01, 2000 1 min read

By Maxine GreeneBy Jonathan KozolBy John DeweyBy John HoltBy Mike RoseBy Lisa DelpitBy Theodore SizerBy Neil Postman and Charles Weingartner During the past century, the progressive movement in American education has been radicalized, redefined, and reborn time and again thanks, in large part, to distinguished books. With this in mind, we asked a number of education writers—Teacher Magazine staff members, contributors, and other knowledgeable friends—to pick an influential favorite from the progressive canon, tell us something of the book’s historical context, and discuss its relevance today. Since “progressive” means different things to different people, our writers chose an interesting array of titles and authors. These books, then, are not meant to be the best or most important tomes of the progressive tradition—only a smattering of the best and most important. In fact, many of the authors included here have written other, equally influential books. To add to your reading options, we’ve noted 10 additional titles by a different set of authors, all of which have played a role in shaping the progressive school movement in this country. Enjoy.