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John Dewey and Our Educational Prospect: A Critical Engagement with Dewey’s Democracy and Education


reviewed by Carol Rodgers — May 17, 2007

coverTitle: John Dewey and Our Educational Prospect: A Critical Engagement with Dewey’s Democracy and Education
Author(s): David T. Hansen (Ed.)
Publisher: State University of New York Press, Albany
ISBN: 0791469220 , Pages: 195, Year: 2007
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Lately I have felt like a hypocrite. What I teach and what I believe (that learning should guide teaching, that learners are human beings with great capacity for growth, and that the purpose of school is to educate critical citizens of a democracy) are in harmony. However, what I teach is not in harmony with what my students encounter in schools. My students, future teachers, are working with cooperating teachers who feel the pressure to “cover” immense amounts of material before state and nationally mandated tests, who have no time for projects, who must “keep up” with the other teachers in their department, who dismiss my students’ idealism with “That would never work here,” or, resignedly, “You’ll learn…” And they encounter students whose reason for studying is to pass the test, and who see school as a as a game they must play to get into college and secure a... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: May 17, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14492, Date Accessed: 12/16/2017 8:05:04 AM

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  • Carol Rodgers
    University at Albany, State University of New York
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    CAROL R. RODGERS is Associate Professor of Education at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Recent publications include (2006) “The turning of one’s soul:” Lessons in race and social justice: The Putney Graduate School of Teacher Education (1950-1964), Teachers College Record, 108(7); (2006) Attending to student voice: The impact of descriptive feedback on learning and teaching, Curriculum Inquiry, 36(2), pp. 209-27; and, co-authored with M. Raider-Roth, (2006) Presence in teaching, Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 12(3), pp. 265-287.
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