How Did John Dewey Use Pragmatism

John Dewey is a name known by many people involved in the education system in America. He was a heavily educated pragmatic philosopher that published innumerable books about education that teachers around the world have used to improve their teaching methods. Dewey tried to change the mindset of teachers to better benefit the human existence as a whole. He invented pragmatism, a philosophy of learning in practical ways and with applicable knowledge. His methods, if implemented correctly, totally revolutionize the classroom, making the teaching environment better for both the students and the teachers. However, in order to understand the ideas of Dewey, the teacher, we must first learn a bit about dewey, the person. John was born on October 20, 1859 (Wikipedia). Not much is know about his early childhood, other than him working hard to help sustain his family. However, when he became an adolescent, he attended the University of Vermont college at the young age of 15 …show more content…
Firstly, he invented pragmatism, the idea of applicable knowledge being taught to people in order to give them the best shot at life possible. He "viewed knowledge as arising from an active adaptation of the human organism to its environment." (Pragmatism Organization). He has wrote over 1000 books on not only education, but also psychology, philosophy, culture, religion and politics". ( Joh Dewey tried to start an educational reform across the United States of America. He did so for many reasons, such as wanting to lower income inequality through superior education. Dewey wanted life skills in school, not just academics. He wanted students to get out of school with job knowledge (PBS). However, his many ideas and works mean nothing if nobody listens to them. Happily, it seems that everyday more teacher look to he past to try and improve their future, and Dewey should be one of the first places they

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