We’re a group of parents, educators, and interested community members, meeting to discuss the writings of John Dewey (1859-1952) and related books and articles.
Many people are concerned about what children experience in school these days. What's most disturbing is not just that students are used as guinea pigs in a race for better achievement scores. It's that only rarely does anyone in the mainstream press pause to examine the faulty assumptions that sent public education so far off track.
What should be the purpose of public education? What is the role of schools in a democratic society?
John Dewey was a highly original thinker who published books on philosophy, logic, ethics, psychology, politics, religion and art. He was an avid commentator on the events of his day who had both radical and conservative tendencies. He wrote with prescience in 1916: “A society with too few independent thinkers is vulnerable to control by disturbed and opportunistic leaders. A society which wants to create and maintain a free and democratic social system must create responsible independence of thought amongst its young.”
Please join us for a focused study and open discussion of the topics that Dewey confronted. We ask that everyone come prepared by completing the readings beforehand. Our meeting space has a limited amount of seating so be sure to update your RSVP to make room for others. See you soon!