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Getting it Wrong from the Beginning: Our Progressivist Inheritance from Herbert Spencer, John Dewey, and Jean Piaget, KEgan (2002)

May 20, 2012

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“Knowledge exists only as a function of living tissue. Knowing where to find knowledge or poems or speeches is nothing like having that material as a part of one’s living tissue. It affects how we think and feel, and education is about precisely improving these things. The emphasis that has led away from rote learning, and in this way eventually learning by heart, has been one that gradually and greatly impoverishes minds. This is how progressivism’s flaw — in the name of the best impulse — has gradually undercut again and again the great purpose it was framed to serve.”

[p. 68]

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