John Dewey 's The Declaration Of Education

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John Dewey’s famous declaration of education, My Pedagogic Creed, contains five articles that list Dewey’s own personal beliefs regarding education, schools, subject matter, and nature of method. Dewey’s last article records his concern for school and social progress. Dewey begins with the assertion that “education is the fundamental method of social progress and reform” (Dewey 8). Dewey believes that society has the obligation to reform education, and as a society, each person is responsible for the next. Dewey states that "through education society can formulate its own purposes, can organize its own means and resources, and thus shape itself with definiteness and economy in the direction in which it wishes to move" (Dewey 8). Dewey later concludes the fifth article with the stance that “every teacher should realize the dignity of his calling” and be proud of his profession for he “is the prophet of the true God” (Dewey 9). Some of the most significant statements in the article are seen between the middle and end of the passage. Dewey believes that art and science are considered two of the most important subjects, but when the two come together as one, they become even more significant to the learner. Dewey first states that “the art of thus giving shape to human powers and adapting them to social service, is the supreme art; one calling into its service the best of artists; that no insight, sympathy, tact, executive power is too great for such service” (Dewey 9).
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