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John D. Dewey
1859 - 1952

American philosopher and educator, original signator of The Humanist Manifesto (1933). Dewey is sometimes called "the father of progressive education", and remains one of the most influential proponents of the present-day "child-centered" education system. Author of Democracy and Education (1916) and other works.


Open-mindedness is not the same as empty-mindedness. To hang out a sign saying, `Come right in, there is no one at home' is not the equivalent of hospitality.

Let us admit the case of the conservative: if we once start thinking no one can guarantee where we shall come out, except that many objects, ends and institutions are doomed. Every thinker puts some portion of an apparently stable world in peril and no one can wholly predict what will emerge in its place.

 A democracy is more than a form of government; it is primarily a mode of associated living, of conjoint communicated experience.

 The children who know how to think for themselves spoil the harmony of the collective society that is coming, where everyone would be interdependent.

1899
 Independent self-reliant people would be a counterproductive anachronism in the collective society of the future where people will be defined by their associations.

1896