Dewey's laboratory school: lessons for today by Laurel N. Tanner

By Laurel N. Tanner

Laurel Tanner examines heavily the practices and guidelines of Dewey's Laboratory university from its inception to the present day. There are large excerpts from the school's academics' reviews and different unique documents, and the quantity offers a wealth of functional information on how colleges this present day can introduce Deweyan reforms the way in which they have been initially - and effectively - practised.

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Unlike many writers on education today, Dewey saw the possibilities as well as the problems. Were homes not educating children the way they did when he was a boy? Schools could do this more systematically in connection with a civilizational theme that was developmentally appropriate and served to unify children's educational experience (in and out of school), thereby making it more meaningful. Was the world becoming smaller, providing ever more intercultural contacts? There were new opportunities to enrich the experiences of individuals and the society by bringing people together in order to solve the problems they held in common.

Title : Dewey's Laboratory School : Lessons for Today author : Tanner, Laurel N. --University Elementary School--History, Education--Illinois--Chicago--Experimental methods--History, Dewey, John,--1859-1952. --University Elementary School--History, Education--Illinois--Chicago--Experimental methods--History, Dewey, John,--1859-1952. Page iii Dewey's Laboratory School Lessons for Today Laurel N. Tanner FOREWORD BY PHILIP W. JACKSON Page iv Published by Teachers College Press, 1234 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027 Copyright © by Teachers College, Columbia University All rights reserved.

But," Dewey continued, "it is useless to bemoan the departure of the good old days of children's modesty, reverence, and implicit obedience, if we expect merely by bemoaning and exhortation to bring them back" (p. 11). It was the social conditions that had changed, and only an equally radical change in education would work in building character. The observation might have been made today. Lessons in How to Imbueand Not to Imbuethe Spirit of Service in Children Dewey had been running his school for 3 years when he made the above observations.

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