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COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL Chapter 1 he would have thought we were referencing learning activi- ties for children about color. But as we ponder his important theory about shaping society as we teach young children, we can apply this to the fact that we are transitioning again as a culture. The importance of teaching young children to care for the planet is not only interesting and relevant to the twenty- first century but also absolutely essential to our survival. Why not extend those Earth Day celebrations to include using the Go Green Rating Scale by Phil Boise. All of these programs are relatively new, yet each addresses the real-life issues that Dewey, Piaget, and Montessori repeatedly stressed as critically connected to educating the next generation. For contemporary educators to learn from and utilize Dewey’s theories of education, we must be willing to change with the times. When Dewey appealed to parents and teach- ers in his day to adapt to current societal changes rather than fight them, he was offering sound advice. It does not help to mourn the past or dread new trends that might make us uncomfortable. In Scott Nearing’s analysis of progressive education (2007), he refers to the school as a servant, not a master. He writes, “In that fact lies its greatness—the greatness of its opportunity and of its or contemporary responsibility” (198). Nearing believes educators to learn from our responsibility is to be open to and utilize Dewey’s increased knowledge, which may theories of education, we prove more effective than the old must be willing to change theories we employ. At such times we with the times. need to embrace change. He cautions that this doesn’t need to be done hastily but that change is inevitable. The early progressive educators frequently asked the question we continue to hear in current debates over school F 32 COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL