America 's Education Over The Course Of Time

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Introduction- Many people have impacted education over the course of time. In history it has taken outside thinking to change or break the mold of the current system set in place. Education is no exception to that rule. Education has changed in many different ways since it was first started. One of the ways education has evolved is how it impacts the society it is a part of. School today is seen as an institution that produces productive citizens for the society it is a part of. However, when education got its start it was simply to control unruly children and teach them how to obey the authority above them. It wasn’t until around the 1880’s and the 1920’s that things started to change. One of the key contributors to this change was John…show more content…
With the journal being published in 1938, it would seem that the effects of Dewey’s changes were ever present. Dewey led by example with his school in Chicago. “During the last thirty-five years with the establishment of the Dewey school in Chicago the elementary area of education in America has become increasingly dominated by the whole-child concept” (Ohio State Universiy Press, 1938). The slogan “the whole child goes to school” describe a concept that Dewey would work to put into use with his schools in Chicago. However, John Dewey: Educational Philosopher explains how Dewey and his ideas were not always accepted. “Because of his theories of education, Dewey was for years a figure about whom controversies raged some regarding him as a champion of “soft” pedagogy, and hence, as a wrecker of schools; others considering him as the dispenser of an authentic educational gospel designed, not to destroy, but to fulfill all preceding pedagogical formulations” (Santee & Willard, 1952). The way Dewey approached education was seen as hypocrisy. The man now seen as one of the great philosophers of education was accused of wrecking schools. His work with his school in Chicago would spread to the rest of the United States. When describing Dewey’s impact on education within the United States, William S. Knickerbocker quotes Harvard’s Alfred North Whitehead in his journal John Dewey saying, “John Dewey is the typical effective American thinker; and he
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