John Dewey quotes

Who is John Dewey?

John Dewey was an American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer whose ideas have been influential in education and social reform.

John Dewey quotes

“A society with too few independent thinkers is vulnerable to control by disturbed and opportunistic leaders. A society which wants to create and maintain a free and democratic social system must create responsible independence of thought among its young.
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John Dewey

“All genuine education comes about through experience.”

John Dewey Experience and Education

“All learning begins when our comfortable ideas turn out to be inadequate.”

John Dewey

“Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.”

John Dewey

“Creative thinking will improve as we relate the new fact to the old and all facts to each other.”

John Dewey

“Education is not an affair of 'telling' and being told, but an active and constructive process.”

John Dewey Democracy and Education

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”

John Dewey

“Give the pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking; learning naturally results.”

John Dewey The Middle Works

“How can the child learn to be a free and responsible citizen when the teacher is bound?”

John Dewey

“I believe that education is the fundamental method of social progress and reform.”

John Dewey The Early Works

“I believe that the teacher's place and work in the school is to be interpreted from this same basis. The teacher is not in the school to impose certain ideas or to form certain habits in the child, but is there as a member of the community to select the influences which shall affect the child and to assist him in properly responding to these influences.”

John Dewey

“If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.”

John Dewey

“Perhaps the greatest of all pedagogical fallacies is the notion that a person learns only the particular thing he is studying at the time.”

John Dewey Experience and Education

“Schools have ignored the value of experience and chosen to teach by pouring in.”

John Dewey

“The interaction of knowledge and skills with experience is key to learning.”

John Dewey

“The most important attitude that can be formed is that of desire to go on learning.”

John Dewey Experience and Education

“The real process of education should be the process of learning to think through the application of real problems.”

John Dewey

“The school must be a genuine form of active community life, instead of a place set apart in which to learn lessons.”

John Dewey

“The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action.”

John Dewey Democracy and Education

“There's all the difference in the world between having something to say, and having to say something.”

John Dewey The School and Society

“We do not learn from experience... We learn from reflecting on experience.”

John Dewey

“You cannot teach today the same way you did yesterday to prepare students for tomorrow.”

John Dewey