The Definition of ‘Progressive’
February 19, 2012 3 Comments
Is homeschooling ‘progressive’? That is the question that plagues Dana Goldstein:
“Homeschoolers of all stripes believe that they alone should decide how their children are educated.”
Could such a go-it-alone ideology ever be truly progressive—by which I mean, does homeschooling serve the interests not just of those who are doing it, but of society as a whole?
This supplies us with a useful and informative definition of ‘progressive’:
progressive (n.): A political philosophy according to which individual human choices and behavior are only allowed if they ‘serve the interests of society as a whole’.
Of course, this requires a further definition:
the interests of society as a whole: stuff that people like Dana Goldstein likes and wants to happen.
We can finally simplify all this further by creating the associated thesaurus entry: