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Contemporary political and socioeconomic conditions largely characterized by corruption and inequity have added new urgency to recurring calls for reorienting American public schools to their historic purpose: educating a citizenry both equipped and motivated to serve as the ultimate guardians of democracy.
While the Founding Fathers, including Jefferson, as well as the founders of public schools, including Horace Mann, explicitly stated that rationale, perhaps no one has done more than John Dewey to detail the inextricable relationship between education and democratic society. In Moral Principles in Education and My Pedagogic Creed, Dewey reminds readers of public schools’ original purpose, identifying specific educational principles and practices that either promote or undermine their essential democratic goals.
“There cannot be two sets of ethical principles,” he says, “one for life in the school, and the other for life outside of the school.” In these works and through such caveats, Dewey offers readers both the motivation to engage in the struggle for a new emphasis on educating for democratic citizenship and the guidance necessary to translate his theory into effective practice.
Perfect for courses such as: Philosophy of Education, Teaching Methods, Principles of Teaching and Learning, Education Policy, Education Leadership, Education Foundations, Curriculum Theory and History, Curriculum Design, The Philosophy of John Dewey, and School Change/Reform.
Introduction by Patricia H. Hinchey
MORAL PRINCIPLES IN EDUCATION
Section I. The Moral Purpose of the School
Section II. The Moral Training Given By the School Community
Section III. The Moral Training from Methods of Instruction
Section IV. The Social Nature of the Course of Study
Section V. The Psychological Aspect of Moral Education
MY PEDAGOGIC CREED
Article I. What Education Is
Article II. What the School Is
Article III. The Subject-Matter of Education
Article IV. The Nature of Method
Article V. The School and Social Progress