Q and A: Are you a TRADITIONAL parent in a PROGRESSIVE school?


Alfie Kohn, one of the proponents for progressive education wrote that one of the problems of progressive education is having traditional parents in progressive schools. Since almost all parents were educated the traditional way, they usually have traditional expectations in their child’s progressive school. Why did they choose the progressive school in the first place if they are traditional in belief? Well, they THINK they believe and understand the goals of a progressive school until that nagging feeling sinks in…

Why aren’t there more homework?

Why aren’t there more quizzes and tests?

Why is my child always “playing”?

Why isn’t the school like my nephew’s school? Why isn’t my child having the same lessons as my nephew who’s in the same grade level?

And the list goes on…

It’s like the parent has morphed back to the traditional leanings even after multiple parent orientations, parent interactions, explanations and workshops. That nagging Traditional voice always come back and haunts not only the parents but the school as well.

So are you a traditional parent in a progressive school? Or are you a traditional parent thinking of putting your child in a progressive school? Help us out by posting a comment if these questions resonate in your mind. We’re setting up a Parent Education Seminar with this topic in mind and we want your help by knowing those questions that haunt you.

As an added bonus, we will choose a comment at random and give a special gift for your participation. Random choosing will be on September 15, 2010.

Thanks for your help!

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12 thoughts on “Q and A: Are you a TRADITIONAL parent in a PROGRESSIVE school?

  1. i’m a traditional parent but a strong believer in progressive education. my kids are in a progressive preschool. and i plan to keep them there for as long as i can. but given the reality that progressive schools are just starting in the country, at some point i would have to eventually send my kids to a traditional school.

    so my questions are, (1) if they get used to the progressive method, wouldn’t they have a difficult time adjusting to the traditional way of teaching? (2) most progressive schools are only until grade 2 or 3, if i transfer my kids to a traditional school after that level, would they be accepted? because some say it will be difficult to get in at that level so they should be enrolled in the “big school” from kinder. (3) would you know of progressive schools that offer grade school or highschool?

    hope you can answer my questions. thank you.

  2. Hi! Im from Calamba Laguna. I have a 6 year old son who have just started first grade this June. He is now experiencing anxiety since school started. I enrolled him in a montessori school only to find out that it is actually a traditional school in all ways. I wish there’s a progressive school here in our place. I believe giving your kids very hard things to learn doesnt really make you a good school. I believe in making the kids learn in a fun way. Id rather that my kids understand the lesson than just memorization which is really what’s happening in a traditional school. If you’re having weekend workshops I am interested to attend. I believe progressive school such as yours is exactly what I am looking for. Thanks!

    1. in reply to rowena…

      hi mommy wena. there’s a progressive school in sta. rosa laguna near south forbes. the school name is learning links academy. its a multiple intelligences inspired school in metro sta. rosa… i dont know if this info will still helps you….

      my son has been there since toddler… i’m happy with their approach… they believe that every child is unique and intelligent and has their own learning styles and should not be limited in the four walls of the classrooms.

      thank you tchr tina for this site. 🙂

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      Rowena | August 30, 2010 at 8:27 am | Reply
      Hi! Im from Calamba Laguna. I have a 6 year old son who have just started first grade this June. He is now experiencing anxiety since school started. I enrolled him in a montessori school only to find out that it is actually a traditional school in all ways. I wish there’s a progressive school here in our place. I believe giving your kids very hard things to learn doesnt really make you a good school. I believe in making the kids learn in a fun way. Id rather that my kids understand the lesson than just memorization which is really what’s happening in a traditional school. If you’re having weekend workshops I am interested to attend. I believe progressive school such as yours is exactly what I am looking for. Thanks!

  3. Hi, can you please send me a list of progressive schools in Pasig/Taguig Area. My son is 5 years old and is currently enrolled at Kinder in a preschools inside our subdivision. He is diagnosed with mixed developmental delay. He has Speech and OT twice a week. I wanted to transfer him to a “big school” so that he won’ t have to transfer anymore when goes to preschool – high school. Please help.

  4. Hi Teacher Tina,

    My fourth-grader had been attending a traditional, Catholic, all-girls school in Pasig since kindergarten. Despite the misgivings I had about the faculty (bulok mag-English, gross violations of the properties of multiplication), the workload (memorizing facts and figures), and the shut-up-and-listen-to-teacher-ramble style, I stuck with it because I figured my daughter would thrive well in it. (She did only marginally OK, and I thought she’d get better in time.)

    The last straw was towards the end of the second quarter when my daughter called me at work, terrified of the bullying she was getting from the popular kids in school. We consulted a child psychologist who told me to “get her out of there now.” (My daughter was already showing signs of depression, and apparently the bullying had been going on for years.) Thankfully COLF had an open slot in fourth grade and they accepted her right away.

    I’m very happy with the decision I made. The school may not have the most impressive of facilities, as a matter of fact it pales terribly in comparison to her old school, but she’s happier, and her talents have been acknowledged. And COLF’s methods have unearthed my daughter’s talents in writing, something she didn’t show at all in her previous school.

    Having said that, I still find myself a traditional parent in this wonderful school. Gone is the stress (for both mother and daughter) of homework, and, yes, it feels weird for me! And for the most part I find myself wondering why they seem to be playing all the time. But, then again, my daughter is happier, she’s become more of a critical thinker (social studies being more of a critical look at society and history), her teachers are excellent, and her classmates are great! (Everyone’s genuinely nice, and if I were a grad student I’d probably do an exploratory study on meanness vs. progressive and traditional schools.)

    So yes, I’m a convert. And thanks to your blog, which has become very informative for me. You can count on me to advocate progressive education!

  5. Hi Tina,
    My daughter is only 9 months old, but my husband and I are already starting to do our research on where to send her to school.
    We both come from traditional schools, but feel that we want something different for our daughter and we know that progressive was something we wanted to explore but didn’t quite know where to start.
    Just wanted to say thank you for putting this blog up. You are a godsend!

  6. Hello, I’m a traditional mommy who send her son to a progressive school…yes, I can say, its a big different world out there but I’m curious, my son is showing no signs of improvement in his progressive school, do you think its time I hit the panic button? I accept the all play and no homework but classes for only three days in a week and time starts as late as 830am…do you think I have enroll him to a correct progressive school?

  7. I have a 12 year old and a 10 year old in a progressive school. I have had to supplement their education since kindergarten. My first child is now in middle school at the same progressive school. The parents who did not supplement are finding that their children are considerably behind the new students who have come in from traditional schools. There seems to me there should be some type of balance. Kids DO need to memorize their multiplication facts there is NO getting around that and other important studies. Going to extreme in one direction whether its in the education or the disciplining of the kids is not helpful. Some children do need to learn what is appropriate behavior in society. I think you can teach that and still no deter creativity. Nobody want to work with a really creative Jerk.

  8. Hi Teacher Tina. I am also interested in sending my 4 yr old in a progressive school. Would you happen to know any in the Taguig Area? Thank you.

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