John Dewey

John Dewey

John Dewey (October 20, 1859 – June 1, 1952) was an American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer whose ideas have been influential in education and social reform. Dewey is one of the primary figures associated with the philosophy of pragmatism and is considered one of the fathers of functional psychology. 

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We naturally associate democracy to be sure with freedom of action but freedom of action without freed capacity of thought behind it is only chaos

The good man is the man who no matter how morally unworthy he has been is moving to become better

School is not preparation for life but school is life

The very problem of mind and body suggests division, I do not know of anything so disastrously affected by the habit of division as this particular theme. In its discussion are reflected the splitting off from each other of religion morals and science, the divorce of philosophy from science and of both from the arts of conduct. The evils which we suffer in education in religion in the materialism of business and the aloofness of "intellectuals" from life in the whole separation of knowledge and practice -- all testify to the necessity of seeing mind-body as an integral whole.

Those outages were caused by separate equipment failures.

The reason the outages affected the same group and not other areas is because those customers are served by the same cable loop and the cable loop was affected by equipment failures. But the cable itself is in good working order.

The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think -- rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with the thoughts of other men.

The religious is any activity pursued in behalf of an ideal end against obstacles and in spite of threats of personal loss because of its general and enduring value.

We cannot seek or attain health wealth learning justice or kindness in general. Action is always specific concrete individualized unique.

Education is a regulation of the process of coming to share in the social consciousness, and that the adjustment of individual activity on the basis of this social consciousness is the only sure method of social reconstruction.

The reason the outages affected the same group and not other areas is because those customers are served by the same cable loop and the cable loop was affected by equipment failures ... But the cable itself is in good working order.

There is something going on at Northeastern. We sent a technician out there and all our equipment checked out fine. Right now the customer is looking at what issues they may have.

There is nothing left worth preserving in the notions of unseen powers controlling human destiny to which obedience and worship are due

The path of least resistance and least trouble is a mental rut already made. It requires troublesome work to undertake the alternation of old beliefs.

The aim of education is to enable individuals to continue their education... (and) the object and reward of learning is continued capacity for growth. Now this idea cannot be applied to all the members of a society except where intercourse of man with man is mutual and except where there is adequate provision for the reconstruction of social habits and institutions by means of wide stimulation arising from equitably distributed interests. And this means a democratic society.

To me faith means not worrying.

Man is not logical and his intellectual history is a record of mental reserves and compromises. He hangs on to what he can in his old beliefs even when he is compelled to surrender their logical basis.

Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.

To find out what one is fitted to do and to secure and opportunity to do it is the key to happiness

Genuine ignorance is... profitable, because it is likely to be accompanied by humility, curiosity and open mindedness, whereas ability to repeat catch-phrases, cant terms, familiar propositions, gives the conceit of learning and coats the mind with varnish waterproof to new ideas.

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