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Progressive ideals in education resurface every 20 to 30 years, capture the policy spotlight for a time, then fade.
Very few of my colleagues at the public high school where I teach noticed that the University of Chicago has decided to close its venerable department of education, once home to John Dewey. And those of us who did notice don't much care.
More than a quarter-century ago, in 1970, the advisory committee for science education of the National Science Foundation recommended that both the education of scientists and that of citizens should be in a social context. Since that time, there have been hundreds of reports pointing to the need to reinvent school science education.
FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the CME Group Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations. Additional grants in support of Editorial Projects in Education’s data journalism and video capacity come from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Schott Foundation for Public Education. (Updated 1/1/2017)

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