A Reconstructed Theory of the Educative Process


by William H. Kilpatrick 1931

IN THE history of civilization there emerge from time to time epoch-making reconstructions of world outlook.1 Classical Greece furnishes the best-known instance, when that gifted people first brought conscious criticism to bear upon their own culture and so laid the foundations of subsequent Western thought. Another occurred when Copernicus, Galileo, and Newton gave modern natural science to the world and along with it, ultimately, all that we know as modern industrialism. Still another was Darwinian evolution which, aided and abetted, to be sure, by other factors, is even now remaking our hitherto dominant moral and religious outlook. The latest instance of such epoch-making reconstruction has only just begun, as immediately before us we see the foundations of Newtonian science being destroyed by Einstein's relativity and the equally important breakdown of the atom.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 32 Number 6, 1931, p. 530-558
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 6462, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 4:16:00 AM

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