As such, education should take into account that the student is a social being. Praise may be discouraged as a motivator.
The scientific method is used by progressivist educators so that students can study matter and events systematically and first hand. Although freedom and individuality are highly valued American principles, existentialists argue that there is an underlying message of conformity.
For social reconstructionists and critical theorists, curriculum focuses on student experience and taking social action on real problems, such as violence, hunger, international terrorism, inflation, and inequality.
In the s, public progressive schools became increasingly popular. Ironically, the Progressive movement was originally associated with both Republicans and Democrats, whereas today it is exclusively the territory of Democrats. However Montessori education returned to the United States in and has since spread to thousands of schools there.