John Dewey & Decline Of American Education: How Patron Saint Of Schools Has Corrupted Teaching & Learning
The influence of John Dewey's undeniably pervasive ideas on the course of American education during the last half-century has been celebrated in some quarters and decried in others. But Dewey's writings themselves have not often been analyzed in a sustained way. In John Dewey and the Decline of American Education, Hank Edmondson takes up that task. He begins with an accoun...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published January 6th 2006 by Intercollegiate Studies Institute
(first published 2006)
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John Dewey was one of the fathers of the progressive education movement in the early twentieth century in the United States. John Dewey objected to the idea of objective truth and to moral absolutes of good and evil. He was an opponent of organized religion, in particular, Christianity. Dewey objected to Christianity's focus on the individual improving his own moral character, which he saw as being selfish. Dewey thought that instead people should concentrate on promoting social justice. Dewey a...more
Feb 02, 2008 Conor Williams rated it 1 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Teachers and Political Theorists
Hmm...poorly researched, often flatly misreads Dewey's arguments, and generally tries to bend both facts and argument into logically flawed conclusions. Worth reading only insofar as it provides a foil for more careful critiques of pragmatism (See The Promise of Pragmatism, by John Patrick Diggins for a much better challenge to pragmatic thought).