Date of Final Oral Examination (Defense)
Type of Culminating Activity
Master of Arts in Political Science
Scott Yenor, Ph.D.
Shelton Woods, Ph.D.
Stewart Gardner, Ph.D.
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.
Eidson, Kyle Edward, "Education: Ancient and Modern" (2017). Boise State University Theses and Dissertations. 1288.