This essay suggests that progressive education is equivalent to good education. Condliffe Lagemann poses the question: What do we need to do to ensure that good education becomes more universally available than it is today? The answer lies in developing a new science of education, one that better integrates research, practice, and policy, and does a better job of educating the public about education.

Author Biography

Ellen Condliffe Lagemann is President of the Spencer Foundation and a professor of history and education at New York University (on leave). For many years, she was on the faculty of Teachers College, Columbia University, and a member of the Columbia University Department of History. She is the author of many books and articles, most recently of An Elusive Science: The Troubling History of Education Research. Professor Lagemann has been president of both the National Academy of Education and the History of Education Society, and she sits on many foundation boards, including the Russell Sage and Markle Foundations.



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