John Dewey


John Dewey was one of America’s most prominent scholars and public intellectuals in the first half of the Twentieth Century. He challenged the traditional orthodoxy of rote learning by developing an educational philosophy based on instrumentalism and pragmatism. He believed that students should learn through a “hands-on” approach, also known as experiential learning, and believed that the purpose of education was to cultivate critically reflective and socially engaged individuals in society.