On Monday, February 28, Tom Little, the current President of the Board of the Progressive Education Network, and the Head of Park Day School in Oakland, California, visited The Crefeld School. Tom is spending his sabbatical exploring the current state of Progressive Education in the United States. His goal is to consolidate his observations into a book chronicling current-day progressive practices, and how the "21st Century Learning" movement intersects with the historical tenants of progressive education.
George Zeleznik spent much of the afternoon with Tom, touring the school and answering his questions about Progressive Education in general and in relation to Crefeld. Tom was truly impressed with the comfort level shown between staff and students at Crefeld and he commented that only a small number of high schools, progressive or not, are able to foster the level of trust that organically exists within our community.
Tom has been visiting schools throughout the country, and publishing blog postings about each visit. You can view his blog post about Crefeld here.
It was a great day for Crefeld!