Publication Date

8-2017

Date of Final Oral Examination (Defense)

3-10-2017

Type of Culminating Activity

Thesis

Degree Title

Master of Arts in Political Science

Department

Political Science

Major Advisor

Scott Yenor, Ph.D.

Advisor

Shelton Woods, Ph.D.

Advisor

Stewart Gardner, Ph.D.

Abstract

John Dewey’s progressive education differed from the classical model. The entrenchment of Dewey’s progressive education at all levels of education has led to a decline in academic performance. The modern ideas of American education hardly resemble the ones it was founded on. This paper looks at a model of classical education adopted by the American founders—as well as classical education itself—and to Dewey, the preeminent scholar and philosopher of American, progressive education, whose aim was to develop an egalitarian society trained in non-traditional academics. The paper also looks at Dewey’s child-centered model that contributes to sinking academic performance, and to the classical model that educated the West’s greatest statesman and thinkers. The West needs a revival of the latter and a paring back of the former.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.18122/B26T3W

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