Moral Principles in Ed...
John Dewey
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Moral Principles in Education

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An Unabridged, Digitally Enlarged Edition With Updated Layout And Typeface. Chapters Include, Though Are Not Limited To: The Moral Purpose Of The School - The Moral Training Given By The School Community - The Moral Training From Methods Of Instruction - The Social Nature Of Course Study - The Psychological Aspect Of Moral Education
60 pages
Published (first published 1909)
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Rara Rizal
John Dewey made an extensive effort to establish that the "moral" responsibilities of a school is not merely limited to inculcating ethics and good conduct, but also in fostering the ability of a child to eventually become a good and productive member of the society.

He analyzed that society is, in the very first place, constantly changing and evolving:
"New inventions, new machines, new methods of transportation and intercourse are making over the whole scene of action year by year. It is an abs...more
Dewey's ideas on schools as social and moral institutions are still refreshingly current. This is a short piece that gives solid insight into Dewey's philosophy.
Having read more than half this book so far, I see that he CLEARLY is promoting Marxist views. I am appalled by our education system's acceptance of his radical theories. His ideas are absolutely contrary to life in a free society.

Message of the book:
1. Although citizens have the right to meddle with the public education system (since their taxes pay for it), they are not qualified to select curriculum nor to tell teachers how to do their jobs.

2. The focus of education should not be on the thre...more
Feb 05, 2008 Jenna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those interested in public education
Although it was written at the beginning of the 20th century, this book is still relevant to education today. John Dewey is probably most famous for his work in education at the University of Chicago and his founding of the University of Chicago Lab Schools. It is still necessary to teach 'morals' (not in the dogmatic sense) in order to cultivate the minds of all students. The teaching of morals (almost always indirect) helps to create a sense of community, integrity, knowledge, power, and perso...more
Steven Fowler
This is a fantastic little book that is very easy to read though packed with philosophical claims and assumptions. In this book Dewey lays out what he sees as the problems of the concept and practice of primary education in the United States. Sadly the problems he addresses of standardization and the expectation of regurgitation of knowledge without any social or historical context have only become worse in the century since Dewey remarked on them. You don't have to be a philosopher to understan...more
Lon Woodbury
He gets off to a rocky start (to me) by insisting that the public should not meddle in the details of a school, and that curriculum should be left to professional educators.

However, he recognizes that the learning of each child is a whole system, and dividing curriculum into arbitrary boundaries misses the point.

And, he seems to be recognizing that the child must be engaged before anything substantial can be learned, and thus the most effective education is that which responds to the individual...more
First piece of philosophy I've picked up and finished in a long time. Just for that I like this book. But really, while I see the concerns some have with teachers teaching morals to their students, most kids (once they are in school full-time) spend more time with their teachers than they do their parents. While morals should begin at home, teaching without considering the wider implications and helping students relate what they are learning to how it impacts the world around them is irresponsib...more
John Dewey rocks it. His ideas ares kind of precursors to today concept of social justice teaching, which is my thing. "Ultimate moral motives and forces are nothing more or less than social intelligence-the power of observing and comprehending social situations,-and social power-trained capacities of control-at work in the service of social interest and aims."
Should be mandatory reading for everyone....
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John Dewey was an American philosopher, psychologist and educational reformer whose ideas have been influential in education and social reform. Dewey, along with Charles Sanders Peirce and William James, is recognized as one of the founders of the philosophy of pragmatism and of functional psychology. He was a major representative of the progressive and progressive populist philosophies of schooli...more
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