Conference Theme: “Gatsby” Roaring In The Middle, New Orleans LA. November 9-11
The 1920s were an age of dramatic social and political change. For the first time, more Americans lived in cities than on farms. The nation’s total wealth more than doubled between 1920 and 1929, and this economic growth swept many Americans into an affluent but unfamiliar “consumer society.”
The most familiar symbol of the “Roaring Twenties” is probably the flapper. Women fought for their rights and they could vote at last: The 19th Amendment to the Constitution had guaranteed that right in 1920. Millions of women worked in white-collar jobs (as stenographers, for example) and could afford to participate in the burgeoning consumer economy. And new machines and technologies like the washing machine and the vacuum cleaner eliminated some of the drudgery of household work. (History.com)
Many would call the decade of the American 1920s the decade of the Progressive Movement in Education. Progressive education espoused an experiential philosophy; an education derived more from the student than from the teacher. It was a student-driven, student-centered concept of education that attempted to foster the precarious balance between individualism and collectivism. It was a grand and idealistic experiment, indeed. Leading this pedagogical foray was the unassuming, bespectacled former school teacher, John Dewey. It may be argued that Dewey single-handedly moved notions of progressive education into the educational forefront often with both criticism and cynicism. Yet despite such ideological and practical obstacles, Dewey’s progressive ideal did take root. Bastions of American teachers became enamored with this “new” education. Yet Dewey’s influence in the promotion of progressive education can not be confined to the American shores. Indeed, it is during the 1920s that Dewey moves from an American education to truly one of international stature.(http://schugurensky.faculty.asu.edu/moments/1920lintner.html)
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