Quote of the Day

dewey_1Thanks in no small part to [John] Dewey, much of what characterizes contemporary education is a revolt against various expressions of authority: a revolt against a canon of learning, a revolt against tradition, a revolt against religious values, a revolt against moral standards, a revolt against logic–even a revolt against grammar and spelling. In many classrooms, the concern is whether sufficient authority exists simply to guarantee physical safety and survival. Dewey’s revolt has carried American education to the place where he himself admitted he had arrived late in life: “I seem to be unstable, chameleon-like, yielding one after another to many diverse and even and imcomparable influences; struggling to assimilate something from each and yet striving to carry it forward.”

Henry T. Edmondson III, John Dewey & The Decline of American Education