Garn Press Interviews: Steve Nelson, Author of First Do No Harm: Progressive Education In A Time Of Existential Risk – Part Two
Garn Press invites you to view the second interview of Steve Nelson in which he talks about his new book: First Do No Harm: Progressive Education in a Time of Existential Risk.
In this interview Steve provides an unsparing critique of current policy and practice, particularly the excesses of contemporary education reform, and he expresses the hope that teachers, parents and all citizens will demand a more joyful, constructive and loving education for the children in their care.
Garn Press Interviews: Author Steve Nelson – Part 2
Garn Press Interviews: Author Steve Nelson – Part 3
About the Book
First Do No Harm: Progressive Education in a Time of Existential Risk develops a comprehensive argument for the importance of progressive education in light of the world’s increasingly severe challenges. Current educational practices, particularly in the United States, instill conformity and compliance at a time when authority must be challenged, skepticism must thrive and our students must be imaginative, creative, empathic and passionately alive.
Steve Nelson traces the origins of progressive education and cites the rich history and inarguable science behind progressive practices. He argues that a traditional or conventional approach to education has dominated as a matter of political expediency, not good practice, and he provides an unsparing critique of current policy and practice, particularly the excesses of contemporary education reform.
Using anecdotes from his many years as an educational leader, he makes the case in an engaging, colorful and accessible style. In the final chapter, Nelson offers a Bill of Educational Rights, hoping teachers, parents and all citizens will demand a more joyful, constructive and loving education for the children in their care.
Early release available on Amazon.
First Do No Harm: Progressive Education in a Time of Existential Risk
Author: Steve Nelson
Available: Early release on Amazon
Ebook: $9.99 and $2.99 US for the Kindle Matchbook Program
About Steve Nelson
Steve Nelson has been Head of School at the Calhoun School, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, since 1998. Calhoun is one of America’s most notable progressive schools and serves 750 students, from pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade. Calhoun is particularly well regarded for its commitment to diversity and social justice.
Since 1997 Steve has been a columnist for the Valley News, the daily newspaper in the mid-VT/NH area on both sides of the Connecticut River. He has been a regular contributor to the Huffington Post since 2010, writing about education and politics. Before assuming his current position, he worked as an administrator at Vermont Law School and Landmark College. He is an avid violinist and also served for six years as President of a performing arts school in the Midwest.
Steve has competed in many marathons, triathlons, bicycle races and XC ski races, with steadily decreasing success. He now primarily races the grim reaper.
He is married to Wendy Nelson, has two children, Jennifer and Christopher, and three perfect grandchildren – Quinn, Maddie and Jack.