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John Dewey
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Teachers are the agents through which knowledge and skills are communicated and rules of conduct enforced. John Dewey

I know that there are many persons to whom it seems derogatory to link a body of philosophic ideas to the social life and cultureof their epoch. They seem to accept a dogma of immaculate conception of philosophical systems. John Dewey

It is commonplace that a problem stated is well on its way to solution, for statement of the nature of a problem signifies that the underlying quality is being transformed into determinate distinctions of terms and relations or has become an object of articulate thought. John Dewey

most notable distinction between living and inanimate beings is that the former maintain themselves by renewal. John Dewey

For in spite of itself any movement that thinks and acts in terms of an "ism becomes so involved in reaction against other "isms that it is unwittingly controlled by them. For it then forms its principles by reaction against them instead of by a comprehensive, constructive survey of actual needs, problems, and possibilities. John Dewey

It is not a nature cure, a system of faith healing, or a physical culture, or a medical treatment, or a semi-occult philosophy. As to what it is, Dewey's brief but striking description appeals most and has the least chance of being proved incorrect: 'It the Alexander Technique bears the same relation to education that education itself bears to all other human activities.' John Dewey

Independent self-reliant people would be a counterproductive anachronism in the collective society of the future where people will be defined by their associations. John Dewey

Knowledge is no longer an immobile solid; it has been liquefied. it is actively moving in all the currents of society itself John Dewey

Modern philosophy certainly exacts a surrender of all supernaturalism and fixed dogma and rigid institutionalism with which Christianity has been historically associated John Dewey

In brief, the function of knowledge is to make one experience freely available to other experiences. John Dewey

We cannot set up, out of our heads, something we regard as an ideal society. John Dewey

The struggle for democracy has to be maintained on as many fronts as culture has aspects: political, economic, international, educational, scientific and artistic, religious. John Dewey

Particularly it is true that a society which not only changes but which has the ideal of such change as will improve it, will have different standards and methods of education from one which aims simply at the perpetuation of its own customs. John Dewey

The problem of education in a democratic society is to do away with... dualism and to construct a course of studies which makes thought a guide of free practice for all and which makes leisure a reward of accepting responsibility for service, rather than a state of exemption from it. John Dewey

You cannot teach today the same way you did yesterday to prepare students for tomorrow. John Dewey

We always live at the time we live and not at some other time, and only by extracting at each present time the full meaning of each present experience are we prepared for doing the same thing in the future. John Dewey

Time and memory are true artists; they remould reality nearer to the heart's desire. John Dewey

Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another. John Dewey

One of the saddest things about US education is that the wisdom of our most successful teachers is lost to the profession when they retire. John Dewey

One can think effectively only when one is willing to endure suspense and to undergo the trouble of searching. John Dewey

There is more than a verbal tie between the words common, community, and communication.... Try the experiment of communicating, with fullness and accuracy, some experience to another, especially if it be somewhat complicated, and you will find your own attitude toward your experience changing. John Dewey

The central problem of an education based upon experience is to select the kind of present experience that live fruitfully and creatively in subsequent experiences. John Dewey

Society exists through a process of transmission quite as much as biological life. This transmission occurs by means of communication of habits of doing, thinking, and feeling from the older to the younger. John Dewey

Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes. Genuine ignorance is profitable because it is likely to be accompanied by humility, curiosity, and open-mindedness; whereas ability to repeat catch-phrases, can't terms, familiar propositions, gives the conceit of learning and coats the mind with varnish waterproof to new ideas. John Dewey

The devotion of democracy to education is a familiar fact. The superficial explanation is that a government resting upon popular suffrage cannot be successful unless those who elect and who obey their governors are educated. Since a democratic society repudiates the principle of external authority, it must find a substitute in voluntary disposition and interest; these can be created only by education. John Dewey

It is merely a linguistic peculiarity, not a logical fact, that we say "that is red" instead of "that reddens," either in the sense of growing, becoming, red, or in the sense of making something else red. John Dewey

The only way to abolish war is to make peace seem heroic. John Dewey

Every serious-minded person knows that a large part of the effort required in moral discipline consists in the courage needed to acknowledge the unpleasant consequences of one's past and present acts. John Dewey

The aim of education is growth: the aim of growth is more growth John Dewey

That which distinguishes the Soviet system both from other national systems and from the progressive schools of other countries is the conscious control of every educational procedure by reference to a single and comprehensive social purpose. John Dewey

If we teach today's students as we taught yesterday's, we rob them of tomorrow. John Dewey

The reactionaries are in possession of force, in not only the army and police, but in the press and the schools. John Dewey

Religions have been universal in the sense that all the people we know anything about have had a religion. But the differences among them are so great and so shocking that any common element that can be extracted is meaningless.... The older apologists for Christianity seem to have been better advised than some modern ones in condemning every religion but one as an impostor, as at bottom some kind of demon worship or at any rate a superstitious figment. John Dewey

Were all instructors to realize that the quality of mental process, not the production of correct answers, is the measure of educative growth something hardly less than a revolution in teaching would be worked. John Dewey

Human nature exists and operates in an environment. And it is not 'in' that environment as coins are in a box, but as a plant is in the sunlight and soil. John Dewey

A person who is trained to consider his actions, to undertake them deliberately, is in so far forth disciplined. Add to this ability a power to endure in an intelligently chosen course in the face of distraction, confusion, and difficulty, and you have the essence of discipline. John Dewey

In laying hands upon the sacred ark of absolute permanency, in treating the forms that had been regarded as types of fixity and perfection as originating and passing away, the Origin of Species introduced a mode of thinking that in the end was bound to transform the logic of knowledge, and hence the treatment of morals, politics, and religion. John Dewey

The mere absorption of facts and truths is so exclusively an individual affair that it tends very naturally to pass into selfishness. There is no obvious social motive for the acquirement of mere learning, there is no clear social gain in success thereat. John Dewey

There is, I think, no point in the philosophy of progressive education which is sounder than its emphasis upon the importance of the participation of the learner in the formation of the purposes which direct his [sic] activities in the learning process, just as there is no defect in traditional education greater than its failure to secure the active cooperation of the pupil in construction of the purposes involved in his studying. John Dewey

The devotion of democracy to education is a familiar fact. . . . [A] government resting upon popular suffrage cannot be successful unless those who elect . . . their governors are educated. John Dewey

If all meanings could be adequately expressed by words, the arts of painting and music would not exist. John Dewey

Every thinker puts some portion of an apparently stable world in peril. John Dewey

A society which is mobile, which is full of channels for the distribution of a change occurring anywhere, must see to it that its members are educated to personal initiative and adaptability. John Dewey

Everything depends on the quality of the experience which is had. John Dewey

Our historic imagination is at best slightly developed. We generalise and idealise the past egregiously. We set up little toys to stand as symbols for centuries and the complicated lives of countless individuals. John Dewey

Intellectually, religious emotions are not creative but conservative. They attach themselves readily to the current view of the world and consecrate it. John Dewey

Now in any social group whatever, even in a gang of thieves, we find some interest held in common, and we find a certain amount of interaction and cooperative intercourse with other groups. From these two traits we derive a standard. John Dewey

Men's fundamental attitudes toward the world are fixed by the scope and qualities of the activities in which they partake. John Dewey

Even the alleged benefits of war, so far as more than alleged, spring from the fact that conflict of peoples at least enforces intercourse between them and thus accidentally enables them to learn from one another, and thereby to expand their horizons. Travel, economic and commercial tendencies, have at present gone far to break down external barriers; to bring peoples and classes into closer and more perceptible connection with one another. John Dewey

Legislation is a matter of more or less intelligent improvisation aiming at palliating conditions by means of patchwork policies. John Dewey

But progress in knowledge has made us aware of the superficiality of Plato's lumping of individuals and their original powers into a few sharply marked-off classes; it has taught us that original capacities are indefinitely numerous and variable. It is but the other side of this fact to say that in the degree in which society has become democratic, social organization means utilization of the specific and variable qualities of individuals, not stratification by classes. John Dewey

Imposing an alleged uniform general method upon everybody breeds mediocrity in all but the very exceptional. And measuring originality by deviation from the mass breeds eccentricity in them. John Dewey

When physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, contribute to the detection of concrete human woes and to the development of plans for remedying them and relieving the human estate, they become moral; they become part of the apparatus of moral inquiry or science? When the consciousness of science is fully impregnated with the consciousness of human value, the greatest dualism which now weighs humanity down, the split between the material, the mechanical and the scientific and the moral and ideal will be destroyed. John Dewey

There is no such thing as educational value in the abstract. The notion that some subjects and methods and that acquaintance with certain facts and truths possess educational value in and of themselves is the reason why traditional education reduced the material of education so largely to a diet of predigested materials. John Dewey

Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes. John Dewey

One lives with so many bad deeds on one's conscience and some good intentions in one's heart. John Dewey

By object is meant some element in the complex whole that is defined in abstraction from the whole of which it is a distinction. John Dewey

We only think when we are confronted with problems. John Dewey

The end justifies the means only when the means used are such as actually bring about the desired and desirable end. John Dewey

As long as art is the beauty parlor of civilization, neither art nor civilization is secure. John Dewey

The aim of education is to enable individuals to continue their education ... (and) the object and reward of learning is continued capacity for growth. Now this idea cannot be applied to all the members of a society except where intercourse of man with man is mutual, and except where there is adequate provision for the reconstruction of social habits and institutions by means of wide stimulation arising from equitably distributed interests. And this means a democratic society. John Dewey

Time with his old flail Beat me full sore; Till: Hold, I cried, I'll stand no more. Then I heard a wail And looking spied How love's little bow Had laid time low. John Dewey

Men have never fully used [their] powers to advance the good in life, because they have waited upon some power external to themselves and to nature to do the work they are responsible for doing. John Dewey

Confidence is directness and courage in meeting the facts of life. John Dewey

Schools should take an active part in directing social change, and share in the construction of a new social order John Dewey

Communication of science as subject-matter has so far outrun in education the construction of a scientific habit of mind that to some extent the natural common sense of mankind has been interfered with to its detriment. John Dewey

The intimation never wholly deserts us that there is, in the unformed activities of childhood and youth, the possibilities of a better life for the community as well as for individuals here and there. This dim sense is the ground of our abiding idealization of childhood. John Dewey

I believe that the school must represent present life - life as real and vital to the child as that which he carries on in the home, in the neighborhood, or on the play-ground. John Dewey

I believe that in the ideal school we have the reconciliation of the individualistic and the institutional ideals. John Dewey

Democracy has to be born anew every generation, and education is its midwife. John Dewey

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