John Dewey’s Philosophy of Education
Education is life itself.
John Dewey (1859-1952) believed that learning was active and schooling unnecessarily long and restrictive. His idea was that children came to school to do things and live in a community which gave them real, guided experiences which fostered their capacity to contribute to society. For example, Dewey believed that students should be involved in real-life tasks and challenges:
Dewey had a gift for suggesting activities that captured the center of what his classes were studying.
Dewey’s education philosophy helped forward the “progressive education” movement, and spawned the development of “experiential education” programs and experiments.
|Dewey’s philosophy still lies very much at the heart of many bold educational experiments, such as Outward Bound.|