Author(s): John Dewey
First published in 1915, John Dewey's "Democracy and Education" is considered by many to be a landmark examination into the philosophy of education and its importance in a democratic society. In this influential treatise, Dewey argues for a progressive model of education because an effective educational system is the only way to build a productive and responsible democratic society. For all societies, from the most primitive to the most complex, the older generation possesses information, wisdom, and skills that must be passed down to the new, younger generations in order for the society to continue and for its customs to remain intact. If a society fails to educate its new members, the unique knowledge and character of the society will inevitably be lost. The new generations of a society must also be educated so that they can intelligently and capably participate in democratic institutions and traditions. A progressive educational system will also help each individual realize their dreams and full potential. "Democracy and Education" is an essential read for students of not only education, but of philosophy, and political science as well. This edition includes a biographical afterword.