Dewey's Dream: Universities and Democracies in an Age of Education Reform

Dewey's Dream: Universities and Democracies in an Age of Education Reform

by Lee Benson, John L. Puckett, Ira Harkavy
     
 

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This timely, persuasive, and hopeful book reexamines John Dewey's idea of schools, specifically community schools, as the best places to grow a democratic society that is based on racial, social, and economic justice. The authors assert that American colleges and universities bear a responsibility for-and would benefit substantially from-working with schools to

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This timely, persuasive, and hopeful book reexamines John Dewey's idea of schools, specifically community schools, as the best places to grow a democratic society that is based on racial, social, and economic justice. The authors assert that American colleges and universities bear a responsibility for-and would benefit substantially from-working with schools to develop democratic schools and communities.

Dewey's Dream opens with a reappraisal of Dewey's philosophy and an argument for its continued relevance today. The authors-all well-known in education circles-use illustrations from over 20 years of experience working with public schools in the University of Pennsylvania's local ecological community of West Philadelphia, to demonstrate how their ideas can be put into action. By emphasizing problem-solving as the foundation of education, their work has awakened university students to their social responsibilities. And while the project is still young, it demonstrates that Dewey's "Utopian ends" of creating optimally participatory democratic societies can lead to practical, constructive school, higher education and community change, development, and improvement.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592135936
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
11/27/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
149
File size:
227 KB

Meet the Author

Lee Benson is Emeritus Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania.
Ira Harkavy is Associate Vice President and Director of the Center for Community Partnerships, University of Pennsylvania
John Puckett is Associate Professor in the Policy, Management, and Evaluation Division of the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. He is the co-author of Leonard Covello and the Making of Benjamin Franklin High School: Education as if Citizenship Mattered.

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