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ERIC Number: EJ1162612
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1085-3545
Democracy Dies in Dualisms. A Response to "Dewey and Democracy"
Sarofian-Butin, Dan
Democracy & Education, v25 n2 Article 7 2017
This essay reviews Atkinson's article "Dewey and Democracy" and argues that while Dewey and the social foundations classroom may indeed be important for teacher preparation, it is not in the way Atkinson suggests. Namely, I argue that Atkinson's essay has three distinct (yet interrelated) issues: his problematic oversimplifications, what I term as "Dewey doesn't do dualisms"; his misreading of Dewey, where I point out that "Dewey doesn't do debate"; and his unexamined positionality, where I make clear that "Dewey doesn't do Descartes." I conclude this essay with a different perspective of a way forward with Dewey: that Dewey's antifoundationalism serves as a powerful model for teaching and learning that can indeed help us confront the issues of neoliberalism and neoconservatism that Atkinson rightly worries about. [For Atkinson's "Countering the Neos: Dewey and a Democratic Ethos in Teacher Education," see EJ1162578.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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