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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
Apr 18, 2013 Rara Rizal rated it really liked it
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
Feb 18, 2012 Manderson rated it really liked it
Shelves: education
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.
Jun 07, 2012 Heather rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 05, 2008 Jenna rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 02, 2015 David rated it liked it
While I agree that schools should play a bigger role in helping children be better moral citizens of society, I don't they should be totally responsible for doing so. The book touches on some good points but in many areas felt very opinionated.
Lon Woodbury
Apr 25, 2013 Lon Woodbury rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Catharina Blaauwendraad
Jun 14, 2015 Catharina Blaauwendraad rated it really liked it
A must read, but not an easy read: although it hasn't lost any of its actuality, the language is rather old-fashioned and I had to read many sentences twice. This, of course, won't be an issue for native speakers. Besides, it's really worth the effort.
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
Feb 01, 2008 Carrie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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."
Aug 29, 2012 Jamie rated it it was amazing
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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“New inventions, new machines, new methods of transportation and intercourse are making over the whole scene of action year by year. It is an absolute impossibility to educate the child for any fixed station in life.” 1 likes
“The only way to prepare for social life is to engage in social life. To form habits of social usefulness and serviceableness apart from any direct social need and motive, apart from any existing social situation, is, to the letter, teaching the child to swim by going through motions outside of the water.” 0 likes
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