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Francis Wayland Parker

Born: Oct 9, 1837

Death: Mar 2, 1902

Birthplace: Bedford

Nationality: United States

Francis Wayland Parker

Date of Birth : Oct 9, 1837
Date of Death : Mar 2, 1902
Birth Place : Bedford

Francis Wayland Parker was a pioneer of the progressive school movement in the United States. He believed that education should include the complete development of an individual — mental, physical, and moral. John Dewey called him the "father of progressive education." He worked to create curriculum that centered on the whole child and a strong language background. He was against standardization, isolated drill and rote learning. He helped to show that education was not just about cramming information into students’ minds, but about teaching students to think for themselves and become independent people.

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  • Francis W Parker
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