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COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL John Dewey directions: Does education exist for children, or do children exist for education? Today, as a century ago, this question is worthy of our discussion. Dewey’s theory remains a clear guide to this debate. Discussion Questions 1. Progressive education has been called many different things. What are some of the misconceptions about it? Give a brief explanation that summarizes Dewey’s ideas about pro- gressive education. 2. Today one common curriculum model is emergent curricu- lum, or planning curriculum around what emerges from the children’s interests and experience. Is this consistent or incon- sistent with Dewey’s idea about education? Why? 3. Many families want an overtly structured environment for their children and feel anxious if they think that the children play too much. Using Dewey’s ideas, prepare a response for families that illustrates the learning structure behind your program. Suggestions for Further Reading Dalton, Thomas C. 2002. Becoming John Dewey: Dilemmas of a Philosopher and Naturalist. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. Dewey, John, and Evelyn Dewey. 1915. School of Tomorrow. New York: E. P. Dutton. Johnston, James Scott. 2006. Inquiry and Education: John Dewey and The Quest for Democracy. New York: State University of New York Press. 33 COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL