Traditionalist Teacher is a blog for those who question the assumptions underlying “progressive” education in the United States. It will be a mouthpiece for those of us who believe in traditional educational methods and a way to introduce those methods to many teachers who have never been exposed to them.
Its administrator and primary author is a thirty year veteran teacher. Most of that career has been spent in a high school History classroom although it began in a middle school, with a couple of years spent on “the dark side” as a school administrator.
As an attempt to make this blog as impersonal as possible, the author will usually be referred to as Traditionalist Teacher in the third person. It is hoped that that will not disturb the reader.
The author apologizes that new posts will be added irregularly. Since this blog is written by a working teacher, other duties come first.
Most of the postings will center around three themes. Preference will be given to unfolding news and ideas in American education. Other postings will focus on current long term trends in classroom teaching, especially those with unfortunate consequences. Occasionally a “progressive” idea from the past will be resurrected, explained to those who may not have experienced it, along with some speculation about the reason for its failure.
It is hoped that this blog will become a forum for civil discussion of the ideas contained therein. Obviously, readers’ responses are encouraged, but any use of profanity will result in the response not being posted.