By Duncan Richter
Simon Glendinning has a very nice essay on education in the digital age at four by three magazine. He doesn't offer any concrete policy proposals but he does discuss Nietzsche, Heidegger, Dewey, Wittgenstein, and Derrida on the subject of education. Here's a good bit:
Dewey is rightly regarded as a reformer in educational thinking. However, it is less frequently acknowledged that he refused to take sides in the debate between “traditional” and “progressive” educational theories. For Dewey, the merits of the latter lie in the way in which they foreground (in theory) the role of education in fostering the expression and cultivation of individuality in a democratic society. Dewey does not reject that ambition at all. However, as we shall see, he regards a central plank of the progressive programme as fundamentally inimical to achieving anything but a poor and vulgar variant of that goal.