ARLETTE INGRAM WILLIS AND VIOLET HARRIS
[We must] make each one of our schools an embryonic community life, active with types of occupations that reflect the life of the larger society, and throughout permeated with the spirit of art, history, and science. When the school introduces and trains each child of society into membership within such a little community, saturating him with the spirit of service, and providing him with the instruments of effective self-direction, we shall have the deepest and best guarantor of a larger society which is worthy, lovely, and harmonious. 1
John Dewey is generally recognized as the most renowned American educator of the twentieth century. In a prolific career that spanned seven decades (his collected works comprise thirty-seven volumes), Dewey focused on a wide range of concerns, most notably within the fields of philosophy, education and politics. As much after his life as during it, Dewey's writings have been the subject of interpretation and reinterpretation by countless scholars. A voluminous literature exists as much about him as by him, with vastly different assessments made of the nature and impact of his work. Ironically and contrary to the assumptions made by some commentators on his books, Dewey's own ideas never really permeated the classroom realities
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Publication information: Book title: Fifty Major Thinkers on Education: From Confucius to Dewey. Contributors: Joy A. Palmer - Editor, Liora Bresler - Editor, David E. Cooper - Editor. Publisher: Routledge. Place of publication: London. Publication year: 2001. Page number: 177.
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