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Final Excerpt From Steve Simpson’s Rediscovering Dewey

The last few Friday Lessons have offered excerpts from Steve Simpson’s newest book Rediscovering Dewey. In this last excerpt Simpson explores the relevancy of John Dewey’s ideas today: Most of Dewey’s ideas about education for democracy were written nearly one hundred years ago during a time of industrialization. A reasonable question would be, “Are his ideas still relevant in a post-industrial...

More Thoughts on John Dewey’s Philosophy of Education : Independent Thinking

Another excerpt from Steven Simpson’s Rediscovering Dewey: Many experiential educators think it is enough to teach students to think for themselves. The direction and the topics of this independent thinking are of secondary importance to the actual thinking process itself. Dewey would have disagreed. The role of education for Dewey was to produce students who grew up to be both independent thinkers and...

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