John Dewey

By Kelli Yam

  • John Dewey was born on October 20, 1859 at Burlington, Vermont and passed away June 1, 1952.
  • The man identified himself as a radical democrat.
  • Dewey is known for being one of the fathers of pragmatism, a very important philosophical movement.
  • Pragmatism is a practical way of developing new theories.
  • Dewey called his philosophy instrumentalism; the view that scientific theories are useful in the world.
  • John Dewey was also a pioneer in functional psychology.
  • He was a leader of the progressive movement of education in the U.S.A.
  • Pragmatism is rarely used in American school systems.
  • Pragmatism encourages student-centered schools more than curriculum-centered ones.
  • Pragmatism influences politicians to run their campaigns based on ideology instead of practical ideas.

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