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

— John Dewey

The most revolutionary John Dewey quotes that may be undiscovered and unusual

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


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.

John Dewey quote Every great advance...has issued from a

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


A society with too few independent thinkers is vulnerable to control by disturbed and opportunistic leaders. A society which wants to create and maintain a free and democratic social system must create responsible independence of thought among its young.


Education is a social process. Education is growth. Education is, not a preparation for life; education is life itself.


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

John Dewey quote Of all affairs, communication is the mos

Of all affairs, communication is the most wonderful.


Education, therefore, is a process of living and not a preparation for future living. Without some goals and some efforts to reach it, no man can live. Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.


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


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


There is no god and there is no soul.

Hence, there is no need for the props of traditional religion. With dogma and creed excluded, then immutable truth is dead and buried. There is no room for fixed and natural law or permanent moral absolutes.


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


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


About John Dewey

Quotes 421 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Philosopher
Birthday October 16

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


We only think when we are confronted with problems.


Nature is the mother and the habitat of man, even if sometimes a stepmother and an unfriendly home.


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


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


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


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


To me faith means not worrying.


The problem of education in a democratic society is to do away with .

.. dualism and to construct a course of studies which makes thought a guide of free practice for all and which makes leisure a reward of accepting responsibility for service, rather than a state of exemption from it.


I believe that in this way the teacher always is the prophet of the true God and the usherer in of the true kingdom of God.


Confidence is directness and courage in meeting the facts of life.


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


Skepticism: the mark and even the pose of the educated mind.


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


The need for growth - what we might call immaturity - is not a negative state of being.


It is the office of the school environment to balance the various elements in the social environment, and to see to it that each individual gets an opportunity to escape from the limitations of the social group in which he was born, and to come into living contact with a broader environment.


Since there is no single set of abilities running throughout human nature, there is no single curriculum which all should undergo. Rather, the schools should teach everything that anyone is interested in learning.


Independent self-reliant people would be a counterproductive anachronism in the collective society of the future where people will be defined by their associations.


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


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


No system has ever as yet existed which did not in some form involve the exploitation of some human beings for the advantage of others.


Education, therefore, is a process of living and not a preparation for future living.


Conflict is the gadfly of thought. It stirs us to observation and memory. It instigates invention. It shocks us out of sheep-like passivity, and sets us at noting and contriving…conflict is a sine qua non of reflection and ingenuity.


Anyone who has begun to think, places some portion of the world in jeopardy.


As long as politics is the shadow cast on society by big business, the attenuation of the shadow will not change the substance.


Talk of democracy has little content when big business rules the life of the country through its control of the means of production, exchange, the press and other means of publicity, propaganda and communication.


Any education given by a group tends to socialize its members, but the quality and the value of the socialization depends upon the habits and aims of the group. Hence, once more, the need of a measure for the worth of any given mode of social life.


There is no such thing as educational value in the abstract.

The notion that some subjects and methods and that acquaintance with certain facts and truths possess educational value in and of themselves is the reason why traditional education reduced the material of education so largely to a diet of predigested materials.


The end justifies the means only when the means used are such as actually bring about the desired and desirable end.


No man's credit is as good as his money.


Without some goals and some efforts to reach it, no man can live.


Modern philosophy certainly exacts a surrender of all supernaturalism and fixed dogma and rigid institutionalism with which Christianity has been historically associated


The aim of education is to enable individuals to continue their education — or that the object and reward of learning is continued capacity for growth.


Vocational training is the training of animals or slaves.

It fits them to become cogs in the industrial machine. Free men need liberal education to prepare them to make a good use of their freedom.


Too rarely is the individual teacher so free from the dictation of authoritative supervisor, textbook on methods, prescribed course of study, etc., that he can let his mind come to close quarters with the pupil's mind and the subject matter.


Education, in its broadest sense, is the means of this social continuity of life.


Cease conceiving of education as mere preparation for later life, and make it the full meaning of the present life.