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Progressive Progressive Threads Threads Progressive Threads Putney’s Legacy Through The Schools It Inspired

BY BRIAN D. COHEN

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PU TNEY P OS T 

Putney was founded during the period of questioning and experimentation in education aimed to enable social progress and reconstruction that emerged from the high-minded ideals of the Progressive Movement. Recall Carmelita Hinton’s focus on “moral growth, so that one definitely progresses along the long slow road toward achieving a civilization worthy of the name.” In continuing to fulfill those aspirations so fully, so vividly, and in so many varied aspects of its program, Putney has inspired the progressive experiment in education to continue. Many traditional schools in the past fifty years have borrowed aspects of Putney’s program, enriching their arts offerings, planting gardens, encouraging discussion-centered classrooms, becoming coeducational, and starting work programs. Several influential Putney teachers and alumni have transplanted the multifaceted principles of Putney into entirely new schools in new settings.

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Putney Post, Fall 2017  

The Putney Post is a semi-annual magazine focused on ideas and practices in progressive education. The Post is grounded in The Putney School...

Putney Post, Fall 2017  

The Putney Post is a semi-annual magazine focused on ideas and practices in progressive education. The Post is grounded in The Putney School...

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