Best John Dewey Quotes I Wish I Had Read

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John Dewey Quotes

We do not learn from experience…we learn from reflecting on experience.


Education is not an affair of ‘telling’ and being told, but an active and constructive process.


Give the pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking; learning naturally results.


You cannot teach today the same way you did yesterday to prepare students for tomorrow.


Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.


The real process of education should be the process of learning to think through the application of real problems.


If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.


The most important attitude that can be formed is that of desire to go on learning.


All genuine education comes about through experience.


The interaction of knowledge and skills with experience is key to learning.


All learning begins when our comfortable ideas turn out to be inadequate.


I believe that education is the fundamental method of social progress and reform.


The school must be “a genuine form of active community life, instead of a place set apart in which to learn lessons”.


The best preparation for the future is a well-spent today. 


Schools should take an active part in directing social change, and share in the construction of a new social order


We never educate directly, but indirectly by means of the environment.


Whether we permit chance environments to do the work, or whether we design environments for the purpose makes a great difference.


Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.


We only think when we are confronted with problems.


There’s all the difference in the world between having something to say, and having to say something.


How can the child learn to be a free and responsible citizen when the teacher is bound?


The deepest urge in human nature is the desire to feel important.



The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action.


Human nature exists and operates in an environment. And it is not ‘in’ that environment as coins are in a box, but as a plant is in the sunlight and soil.


To find out what one is fitted to do, and to secure an opportunity to do it, is the key to happiness.


Perhaps the greatest of all pedagogical fallacies is the notion that a person learns only the particular thing he is studying at the time. 


Democracy has to be born anew every generation, and education is its midwife.


The result of the educative process is capacity for further education.


Art is not the possession of the few who are recognized writers, painters, musicians; it is the authentic expression of any and all individuality.


Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.


Creative thinking will improve as we relate the new fact to the old and all facts to each other.


What’s in a question, you ask? Everything. It is evoking stimulating response or stultifying inquiry. It is, in essence, the very core of teaching. 


The conception of education as a social process and function has no definite meaning until we define the kind of society we have in mind. 


Schools have ignored the value of experience and chosen to teach by pouring in.


Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.


The good man is the man who, no matter how morally unworthy he has been, is moving to become better.


Time and memory are true artists; they remold reality nearer to the heart’s desire.


To “learn from experience” is to make a backward and forward connection between what we do to things and what we enjoy or suffer from things in consequence.

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