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March 26, 2011

In fact, Dewey is often claimed as “father” of a number of concepts, some of which overlap or are confused, from “pragmatism” to “experimentalism.” We see the spirit of Dewey in the constant experimentation that prevails in the classroom, the never-ending, always-changing search for new methods, programs, terms, fads and fashion, and “research” into “improving” education. Finally, and especially significant, in light of today’s politics and education, Dewey judged that pursuing change through politics was frustratingly slow; doing so via education could be much quicker. This was a central theme in his best-known work, Democracy and Education (1916). The schoolhouse could be more efficacious than houses of legislatures.

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