Tom Alexander on John Dewey, Democracy and Education (Part Four)

In the final segment of my interview with Tom Alexander, we continue our discussion about John Dewey, who was one of the 20th century’s greatest philosophers and a widely-respected education reformer. Alexander is the author of John Dewey’s Theory of Art, Experience and Nature: The Horizons of Feeling (SUNY Press, 1987), and he’s the author of The Human Eros: Eco-ontology and the Aesthetics of Existence (Fordham University Press, 2013).  Since 1985, Alexander has been a member of the Department of Philosophy at Southern Illinois University. 

Tom Alexander on John Dewey, Democracy and Education (Part Three)

In the next installment of my interview with Tom Alexander, we continue our discussion about the life and legacy of moralist and education reformer, John Dewey. Alexander is the author of John Dewey’s Theory of Art, Experience and Nature: The Horizons of Feeling, and topics of the interview include democracy in education, social justice and life in the age of "the post-truth society."

Tom Alexander on John Dewey, Democracy and Education (Part Two)

"I believe that the school is primarily a social institution. Education being a social process, the school is simply that form of community life in which all those agencies are concentrated that will be most effective in bringing the child to share in the inherited resources of the race, and to use his own powers for social ends." - John Dewey, My Pedagogic Creed (1897)

Education, Beauty and Civility: Beyond the Absence of War

Beyond the nightmare of genocide, slavery and the engineered poverty of today, beyond the transgressions of morally bankrupt leaders in the East and the West, beyond the starvation and unmet basic needs allowed to happen around the world, people must, as well, fight for education, architecture and art. Being civil means being willing to do the work necessary to protect a vision of beauty -- to enshrine local, national and global treasures -- to stand up and defend the ability to express oneself creatively. These things make the life water of the soul.