Some intriguing quotes from some intriguing people

For my first post I wanted to start with some quotes.  These are some of my favorite John Dewey quotes from our course textbook last semester, entitled Philosophy of Education: Modern and Contemporary Ideas at Play.  The book is basically a compilation of the writings of various educational philosophers throughout history and I hope you find them fascinating and thought-provoking!!  Dewey was a late-nineteenth, early twentieth philosopher but I think his ideas can still be applied to our current educational system.  Hopefully something will strike a chord!!

From The School and Social Progress

“Only by being  true to the full growth of all the individuals who make it up, can society by any chance be true to itself.”  

“Verbal memory can be trained in committing tasks, a certain discipline of the reasoning powers can be acquired through lessons in science and mathematics; but, after all, this is somewhat remote and shadowy compared with the training of attention and judgement that is acquired with having to do things with a real motive behind and a real outcome ahead.” 

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

“Where the school work consists in simply learning lessons, mutual assistance, instead of being the most natural form of cooperation and association becomes a clandestine effort to relieve one’s neighbor of his proper duties.”

“In critical moments we all realize that the only discipline that stands by us, the only training that becomes intuition, is that got through life itself.  That we learn from experience, and from books or the sayings of others only as they are related to experience, are not mere phrases.

“But the school has been so set apart, so isolated from the ordinary conditions and motives of life, that the place where children are sent for discipline is the one place in the world where it is most difficult to get experience– the mother of all discipline worth the name.”


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