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Department
Education
Course
EDUC 100W
Professor
Andrew Blaber
Semester
Fall

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Ch 8- John Dewey •lived during civil war as USAbecame from agrarian to industrial&military power •grew up in puritan new england •abandoned his religion to become from absolutism to experimentalism •he committed to social justice and democratic principles •but transformed from metaphysics idealism to pragmatic naturalism •with experience with democratic principles, he worked on his ideas of education, social, and political •thought of ways to make a “great community” and make the world “safe for democracy” •got criticisms about his philosophy but was also praised •didn't have good literature; but was a highly complex thinker •but published many works...like “Democracy and Education •describes what he thinks education is and relates education with democracy •although we educate for democracy, we should democratize for education •he rejects the either/or view from plato and aristotle •he says knowledge in innate/natural and experienced •has an absolute idealism •if people see that new education developed as a negative reaction to traditional beliefs, then they have the either/or thinking •he thinks there is a better way to improve individuals in a society •good experience is from interaction and continuity •educative experience is where the active mind interacts with a wide-open world to solve problems that are repeated but different problems •it's our unique ability to “stop, reflect, and act” to respond intelligently to a situation •democracy is more than opposing the authoritarian rule •basis of authority in a democratic rule is experience •democracy is the the moving will or desire of the whole group, not just 1 person Democracy and Education The implications of human association: •society is loose cause not everybody is the same •within a large society, there are smaller groups (depending on language, religion, science, politics, culture, etc)...people don't actually have anything in common except that they're are modes of associated life •what unites these small groups is by welfare, loyalty to public ends, mutuality of sympathy •but this unity may result in good and bad •but each good/bad group have something in common (thieves like to rob...etc..through interactions) •any education given by a group tends to socialize its
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