the Week. Dec. 2nd, 2002.
The Kids Philosophy
Slam now features a philosopher of the week. Included with this
new offering is a brief biography and famous quotes of the featured
philosopher, ideas for classroom discussions, and links to related
philosopher sites! There will be a new philosopher of the week
each and every week through March!
Dewey was a leader of a movement in American Philosophy called
pragmatism. Pragmatists believed that ideas are only useful if
they can be put into action. Dewey thought that education was
the most useful place to put his ideas into practice because education
shaped society and could foster "the full development of individuals
as human beings."
that society was the sum total of the people in it, so the better
educated all people were the better society would be. The problem
as he saw it was that bad teaching methods caused a lot of people
to waste their potential. Instead of just expecting students to
parrot back facts, he thought their talents and interests should
the head of the philosophy department at the University of Chicago
where he opened an experimental school to put his theories into
practice. He encouraged parents to be an active part of their
two books about his theories that revolutionized teaching methods
in the United States. Because of these changes, Dewey has been
called the Father of Modern Education.
John Dewey have answered the question, what is the meaning of
What did Dewey
think would make people and society good?
What was school
like before Dewey? (Ask your grandparents and great grandparents,
What are some
things that you do in school that were changed because of Dewey
and his theories?
learn more about John Dewey, follow these links: