John Dewey

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John Dewey

John Dewey was a teacher, social critic, political activist and involved family man most well known for being the founder of Progressivism. He born on October 20, 1859 to Archibald Sprague Dewey and Lucina Artemesia Rich of Burlington, Vermont. He and his brothers attended the public school before going to the University of Vermont for undergrad and Johns Hopkins for his doctorate. He formed his theory at recently founded University of Chicago where he wrote several journals on the subject. However, after some disagreements he moved to Department of Philosophy at Columbia University where he stayed the rest of his career life, able to converse with may other philosophers of differentiating opinions. He wrote more on theories of education in reference to Dawinism as well as was a influential member of society, working for women's suffereage and teacher unionization. Once he retired from active teaching, he did not stop being public figure or productive philosopher, participating in the Commission of Inquiry into the Charges Against Leon Trotsky at the Moscow Trial and releasing more papers on his theories until his death at age 92.


1859-Birth1884-Graduated Doctorate1894-Move to UofChicago1910- The Influence of Darwin on Philosophy and Other Essays in Contemporary Thought and How We Think 1916-Essays in Experimental Logic and Democracy and Education1920-Reconstruction in Philosophy 1922-Human Nature and Conduct 1925-Experience and Nature1927-The Public and its Problems1929-The Quest for Certainty 1952-Death

He is the founder of pragmatism, a view that learning did not come from memorization but instead a naturalistic approach of learning from the environment. He wrote extensively about philosophy, psychology, education, political science, and the arts. He also worked to democratize schools, fought for women’s suffrage, and the right of teachers to form unions. His theories are still used today to teach students in a more natural way.

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The Founder of Progressivismand pragmatism.


-Sadker, David M.; Zittleman, Karen; Sadker, Myra P. (2012-11-09). Teachers Schools and Society (Page 263). McGraw-Hill Education. Kindle Edition. -Richard Field; Films, Inc.;


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