John Dewey, arguably the most famous 20th century educational philosopher in the United States, was a thought leader for progressive educational reform in our country. He is considered a key figure of the philosophy of pragmatism, which emphasizes the practical application of ideas to test them in human experience.
Dewey is known for discussing the relationship among education, democracy, and social reform. Dewey made a strong case for education as a place to gain content knowledge and to learn how to live. Dewey believed that the purpose of education should not revolve around the acquisition of a pre-determined set of skills, but rather the realization of one’s full potential and the ability to use those skills and enhance the greater good.
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