112th: Nicholas Tampio on John Dewey

Event date: 
02/27/2024 - 7:00pm

Join us Tuesday, February 27th at 7pm for a conversation on Democracy and Education by John Dewey. The editor of this new edition from Columbia University Press, Nicholas Tampio, will be in conversation with David Hansen.

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The American philosopher John Dewey transformed how people around the world view the purposes of schooling. In Democracy and Education (1916), Dewey opposed the model of education in which adults lecture at students and students follow strict rules. Instead, Dewey called upon schools to provide children with experiences such as gardening, sewing, building structures, conducting experiments in laboratories, and performing in school plays. For Dewey, democratic education teaches young people to become creative individuals who contribute to society.

This edition makes Democracy and Education come alive for a new generation of readers. The editor’s introduction explores the main themes of the book and how Dewey’s ideas contribute to debates about education standards, testing, accountability, school choice, free school lunch, recess, student discipline, and education technology. Each chapter begins with a brief overview clarifying the argument and its present-day relevance and ends with questions to prompt conversations and research papers. Drawing on more than a century of secondary literature on Dewey’s philosophy, this new edition will become the standard for scholars, teachers, and students.

Nicholas Tampio is a professor of political science at Fordham University. He is the author of Teaching Political Theory: A Pluralistic Approach (2022) and Common Core: National Education Standards and the Threat to Democracy (2018).

David Hansen is the John L & Sue Ann Weinberg Professor in Historical & Philosophical Foundations of Education and Philosophy & Education Program Director at Teachers College. Hansen is a Past-President of the John Dewey Society and of the Philosophy of Education Society. He is author of Reimagining the Call to Teach.

John Dewey (1859–1952) was one of the great American pragmatist philosophers. He helped run the Laboratory School at the University of Chicago, and as a professor at Columbia University he taught students who brought his ideas about democratic education to places such as India, China, and Mexico.

Event address: 
Book Culture
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Democracy and Education By John Dewey, Nicholas Tampio (Editor) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780231210119
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Published: Columbia University Press - February 27th, 2024