Friday, April 27, 2012

John Dewey Lives - A Dialogue

Some blog followers might be interested in a recent discussion-list post “John Dewey Lives - A Dialogue” [Hake (2012)]. The abstract reads:

ABSRACT: Kevin Stacey in an AERA-C post titled “Bill Ayers ‘exhumes’ John Dewey for a conversation on progressive education” pointed to an article “John Dewey Lives - A Dialogue” [Ayers & Schubert (2012)] at]. This is an edited transcript of a conversation between educators William C. Ayers (WCA) and William H. Schubert (WHS), with the latter, WHS, former president of the John Dewey Society, playing the role of John Dewey (JD).

In one exchange WCA asks WHS (JD) to respond to Glenn Beck's assertion that Dewey thought “Teachers aren't there to tell a child if he or she is right or wrong … they're there to help the child through a touchy-feely period of self discovery.”

WHS (JD) responded that in Experience and Education Dewey (1938, 1997) had written that “in considering the difference between traditional and progressive education, we shouldn't just take one side or the other, but we should look at a deeper level where they can both be integrated.” And in Democracy and Education Dewey (1916; 1997) had written that “education is reconstruction and reorganization of experience which adds to the meaning of experience, and which increases ability to direct the course of subsequent experience. . . . so it's not just a catering to interests.”

For another exhumation of John Dewey see Ted Ansbacher's incisive "An Interview with John Dewey on Science Education" [Ansbacher (2000) (click on “articles in pdf” at the top of the page)].

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Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
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"The belief that all genuine education comes about through experience does not mean that all experiences are genuinely or equally educative."
John Dewey (1938; 1997, p. 25) Experience and Education

“. . .the organized subject matter of the specialist represents the goal toward which education should continuously move.”
John Dewey (1938; 1997, p. 83) Experience and Education

REFERENCES [All URL’s shortened by and accessed on 27 April 2012.]
Hake, R.R. 2012. “John Dewey Lives - A Dialogue,” online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at Post of 27 Apr 2012 15:16:58-0700 to AERA-L and Net-Gold. The abstract and link to the complete post are also being transmitted to several discussion lists.

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