ERIC Number: ED350651
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Progressing beyond the Welfare State.
Benson, Lee; Harkavy, Ira
Universities and Community Schools, v2 n1-2 p2-28 1991
This paper outlines a neo-Deweyan strategy to transform American public schools into genuine community schools that function as central agencies for the development of a democratic welfare society. John Dewey's thesis was that a well-functioning school system constitutes the necessary, though not sufficient, condition for a well-functioning society. The first part and second parts examine how Dewey's work was influenced by Francis Bacon's idea of progress and Benjamin Franklin's thoughts on the reformation of higher education. The third part discusses Dewey's philosophy of education and his approach to reforming the American public school system. Part 4 explains the concept and development of cosmopolitan community schools and sketches a project designed to help the John C. Turner Middle School in West Philadelphia transform itself from a bureaucratic innercity school into a radically innovative, effective community school. The process for changing Turner Middle School into a university-assisted, cosmopolitan community school is described in the next part, with emphasis on the formation of the West Philadelphia Improvement Corps (WEPIC) in 1985 and the evolution of the community school's organizational structure. The final section outlines the relationship among universities, cosmopolitan local communities, and a democratic welfare society. The basic proposition is "schooling for service and by service," in which universities help transform their local public schools into cosmopolitan community schools that function as multipurpose community centers. (Contains 50 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
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Sponsor: Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.
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Identifiers: Dewey (John); Philadelphia School District PA