Wordless Wednesday: Differences Between Traditional and Progressive Schools (Part 3)

Progressive School


Traditional School

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Christina Simon: Los Angeles, California, United States I'm the mom of two kids who attended The Willows School in Culver City and Viewpoint School in Calabasas. My daughter is a graduate of Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism ('23) and my son is a sophomore at UPenn/Wharton ('26). I live in Coldwater Canyon with my husband, Barry, and our dogs. Contact me at csimon2007@gmail.com

7 thoughts to “Wordless Wednesday: Differences Between Traditional and Progressive Schools (Part 3)”

  1. I’m a regular reader of your blog and enjoy reading your views on the different subjects you discuss. Our kids attend a traditional school. We feel very fortunate to be a part of such a wonderful school, but I also appreciate the many terrific qualities of other schools – some of which are very different from ours. To the extent the picture you posted is supposed to be indicative of what a traditional school is like, it actually couldn’t be further from our experience. I realize your website is a blog, so represents your personal views which necessarily come with some bias (which is fine, of course), and it’s possible you didn’t post the picture to suggest that these are your views or objectively true. That said, when our child has gotten an incorrect answer, the work comes back looking like the first picture, not the second. In our experience, traditional doesn’t mean the school tries to make a child feel bad about himself or herself for getting an incorrect answer, which was I inferred from the picture in your post.

    1. Hi Anon, thanks for reading the blog! The graphic is really intended to exaggerate the approach for both types of schools. I think a progressive school would correct the kid’s work (or have the kid make the correction) and not merely let the “fuzzy math” answer go uncorrected. A traditional school would never give an “F” to very young kids who are learning to add. Both graphics are extreme, really. Just trying to underscore the point.

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