Essay on Dewey 's Core Argument For Education
Dewey’s core argument for education stems from the definition of democracy and the requirement of educated people in order to have a successful democracy. Dewey notes that if we were to limit the educated to a select few we would cause a segregation between the highly educated and the commoners that would lead to the educated taking control. This would bring America right back to where it started, a group of people ruled by an “external authority” (Dewey). Therefore, a strong institution of education is necessary to ensure that all citizens have at least the most basic of knowledge in order to pick out proper representatives. There is another aspect of education that Dewey also considered to be very important, education is a “mode of associated living, or conjunct, communicated experience” (Dewey). Educational institutions are one of the cultural institutions set up to imbue children with the social and cultural norms, values, symbols, and mental maps of reality (Guest, 2014, pp. 36). The other job of education is to teach children how to be Americans and to prepare them for what life will be like outside of school. Thus, Dewey’s two reasons for education are to ensure that citizens can elect the officials who will best represent them and to prepare young students for the life of an American.
Dewey’s ideas were not necessarily new to the world…