John Dewey's Sojourn in Japan


by Lewis S. Feuer 1969

Japan, after delighting Dewey with its colorfulness and grace, with its courtesy and the gaiety of its children at play, posed for him problems which he did not know how to answer. Its liberals seemed to him lacking in moral stamina, its teachers spokesmen for the militarists, and its education an indoctrination in mythology. This was a country which seemed to exemplify a Marxian pattern of social classes and political structure, and to defy the application of Dewey's method of intelligence. There was little he could finally tell Japan's liberals, and it left Dewey with a kind of despondency.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 71 Number 1, 1969, p. 123-145
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1751, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 11:27:03 PM

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