Analysis of "Democracy and Education" by John Dewey Book Review by Research Group

Analysis of "Democracy and Education" by John Dewey
The paper analyzes the relevance of social philosopher John Dewey's seminal work, in the light of the fact that many of his ideas have been misinterpreted today.
# 27346 | 1,397 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Jun 02, 2003 in Philosophy (General)

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The paper claims that a thorough reading of Dewey's book is necessary to determine what he believed was essential in the concept of educating for democracy. The paper argues that much of the ensuing criticism against Dewey's book would have been averted if he had used different terminology to explain key concepts. Dewey?s flaw was writing about democracy as if it were a real fact, verifiable in human experience, instead of as an ideal.

From the Paper:

"Only the most hardened cynic would attempt arguments against Dewey's supposition in Chapter 7, (when he begins tying his generalized thoughts into more specific assumptions) that "education is a social function, securing direction and development in the immature through their participation in the life of the group to which they belong, is to say in effect that education will vary with the quality of life which prevails in a group" (p. 81). Yet educators and social commentators took issue with that premise, since the very concept of variability was anathema to the prevailing educational beliefs."

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