The Linnet's Wings Summer 2014 - Page 13

But do mothers know it all? Here are some philosophical comparsions from, John Dewey, one of the most respected academics: A man of his generation. A man that cheered on family in much the same way mothers do. But then it was to men like himself that women looked to for direction. No! John Dewey The moral situation involves voluntary activity. To find out what one is fitted to do, and to secure an opportunity to do it, is the key to happiness. To me faith means not worrying. No man's credit is as good as his money. Anyone who has begun to think, places some portion of the world in jeopardy. Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another. We do not learn from experience ... we learn from reflecting on experience. Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination. Hunger not to have, but to be. 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. 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 only freedom that is of enduring importance is the freedom of intelligence, that is to say, freedom of observation and of judgment, exercised in behalf of purposes that are intrinsically worth while. The commonest mistake made about freedom is, I think, to identify it with freedom of movement, or, with the external or physical side of activity. Like the soil, mind is fertilized while it lies fallow, until a new burst of bloom ensues. If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.