Angelo Patri (1876–1965) (originally Pietralgia) was born in Piaggine in the southernmost region of the province of Salerno, came to America when he was five, and started school (and English) when he was 11. By 21, he had a BA from the City College of New York and several years later an MA from the Teachers College, Columbia University. There he studied under John Dewey who exerted a deep and lasting influence. By the time he established himself as the principal of P.S. 45 (1914–44) in the Bronx, he had devised a plan for making his school a model of progressive education. This is well covered by the late James M. Wallace's The Promise of Progressivism: Angelo Patri and Urban Education (rev. by Carol Iannone, Italian Americana, 28 no. 1 [2010]: 88–91).

A prolific author, he tirelessly promoted the idea of progressive education and had a syndicated column that...

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