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ERIC Number: EJ780559
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
What Dewey Can Still Teach Us
Stuckart, Daniel; Glanz, Jeffrey
Principal Leadership, v8 n4 p16-21 Dec 2007
When John Dewey's monograph "Experience and Education" was published in 1938, the world was in the throes of a grueling, persistent depression and the U.S. education system was in flux because of competing visions about the purpose and conduct of school. The traditionalists favored an authoritarian structure that emphasized rote memorization, and the progressives advocated few barriers and the free flow of ideas. Dewey sought to bridge these positions by establishing a multidimensional philosophy of education that was grounded in the learning environment and human nature. Seventy years later, the remnants of earlier cultural struggles remain, this time in the context of accountability and high-stakes testing that bring a host of new challenges. Testing has made addressing the needs of the secondary student one-dimensional, the authors argue, and the goal of creating effective learners who are prepared for the workplace is not being satisfactorily met. They draw on Dewey's philosophical legacy to resolve questions about best practices in 21st century education.
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Language: English
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