ERIC Number: EJ1030511
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
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Dystopian Schools: Recovering Dewey's Radical Aesthetics in an Age of Utopia-Gone-Wrong
Heybach, Jessica A.; Sheffield, Eric C.
Education and Culture, v30 n1 Article 6 p79-84 Spr 2014
In this article, we first suggest that contemporary school policies and practices represent a utopia-gone-wrong. In striving for an unattainable educational utopia--that is, all students will be proficient in math and reading by 2014--current polices and their resulting practices have brought a classic dystopian turn--the dehumanization of students, teachers, and administrators. We then argue that such a turn can best be seen and then potentially stopped via a complete dystopian theory of education grounded in John Dewey's radical aesthetics. In utilizing Dewey's aesthetic theory as a lens of analysis, we argue that this turn toward dystopia is resulting in an increasingly numbing, anaesthetic educational experience at best; and a dehumanizing, violent educational experience at worst. Finally, we briefly ponder an antidote for our dystopian malaise: human love.
Descriptors: Aesthetics, Educational Theories, Educational Experience, Educational Policy, Educational Philosophy, Mathematics Achievement, Reading Achievement, Criticism
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