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Rediscovering Dewey: A Reflection on Independent Thinking



ISBN: 978-1-885473-61-5
SIZE: 6 x 9


“Dewey inspired me with a grand fresh idea about teaching, and it has been a while since I’ve been inspired with a fresh idea about my teaching.  I have no interest in running for political office.  I take care of my family, I serve on the boards of a couple of community environmental groups, I write, AND I teach.  That’s what I do, and it’s what I want to do.  If a critical mass of teachers valued democracy and communication and cooperation and believed that their jobs were to create a society where friendship, beauty, and knowledge were the bywords and individual student success was the goal, I would want to be of part of that.” 


John Dewey believed in education, and he believed in American participatory democracy.  Simpson uses personal anecdotes, Dewey’s extensive writings, and even Chinese legends to discuss Dewey’s ideas about teaching democracy, independent thinking, and a sense of community.  They are as relevant today as when they were written.




Table of Contents

Publisher’s Note
Chapter One: Dewey 101
Chapter Two: Dewey on Student Freedom and Educator Guidance
Chapter Three: A Comparison of Dewey and Thoreau 
Chapter Four: Mr. Democracy
Dewey on Democratic Education
Chapter Five: Mr. Science
Dewey on Science Education, Cooperative Learning, and Service
Chapter Six: The Common People’s Educator
Dewey on Work and Play, the Liberal Arts and Vocational Education
Chapter Seven: Why Some Educators Think Dewey is Wrong
Chapter Eight: Why Some Educators Think Dewey is Needed Now More Than Ever
Bibliographic Essay
About the Author

Rediscovering Dewey

SKU: 9781885473615
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