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John Dewey (1859-1952) was an American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer. His ideas have been influential in education; he stood for progressive education and liberalism. He was a pragmatist and one of the founders of functional psychology. Best known for his publications about education, he also wrote about many other topics. He advocated a deep belief in democracy. He thought schools needed attention and more "learning by doing" - more experimental designs. In Dewey's opinion, democracy demands a well informed, public opinion, formed by citizens, experts, and accountable politicians.

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Some Good Points

Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another. [John Dewey]

Art is not the possession of the few who are recognized writers, painters, musicians; it is the authentic expression of any and all individuality. [John Dewey]

Art is the most effective mode of communications that exists. [John Dewey]

As long as art is the beauty parlor of civilization, neither art nor civilization is secure. [John Dewey]

One lives with so many bad deeds on one's conscience and some good intentions in one's heart. [John Dewey]

Man lives in a world of surmise, of mystery, of uncertainties. [John Dewey]

Nature is the mother and the habitat of man, even if sometimes a stepmother and an unfriendly home. [John Dewey]

Skepticism could be a mark of an educated mind. [With John Dewey]

Surrender of individuality by the many to someone who is taken to be a superindividual explains the retrograde movement of society. Dictatorships and totalitarian states are ways of denying the creativeness of the individual. [John Dewey, abr.]

The vivid and bright man is the man who, no matter how morally unworthy he has been, is moving to become better. [Cf. John Dewey]

The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes. [John Dewey]

To find out what one is fitted to do, and to secure an opportunity to do it, is one key to happiness. There are better ones. [Cf. John Dewey]

To regiment artists, to make them servants of some particular cause does violence to the very springs of artistic creation [and] betrays the very cause of a better future it would serve, for in its subjugation of the individuality of the artist it annihilates the source of that which is genuinely new. [John Dewey]

We can have facts without thinking but we cannot have thinking without facts. [John Dewey]


John Dewey and education, Literature  

Dewey, John. How We Think. Boston: Heath and Co., 1910.

Dewey, John. Theory of the Moral Life. New York: Irvington, 1996.

Dewey, John, and Evelyn Dewey. Schools of To-Morrow. New York: Dutton, 1915.

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