On Friday night John McCluskey and I went to hear Alfie Kohn speak at the Watershed School. Alfie Kohn is a passionate and persuasive speaker on on the topic of progressive education. His talk was simultaneously encouraging and discouraging. Encouraging, because we do so much of what he champions here at the Open School. Discouraging, because I know progressive education is so important and yet so challenging to do well, especially in this educational climate. Kohn has a great website with numerous articles with his thoughts on progressive education and how to keep it alive in today's world of high stakes testing and accountability. Please check it out and let's start a dialogue about some of his ideas.