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John Dewey is well known among most public educators and philosophers and is often praised for his insights on democracy, education and philosophy.
While the above may be true the fact of the matter is that Dewey was a humanist and a pragmatist who believed that truth is what works. If the lie works for you then the lie is truth. Such is the absurdity of this this man's philosophy.
I consider John Dewey's ideas as very dangerous and one of the primary reasons for the failure of the public school system and the socialistic mindset of most elementary and high school boys and girls. Unfortunately the many graduating students can not exercise independent thought, a basic knowledge of history, economics or the basis of the American system as developed by our founding fathers. I've witnessed this decline in morals and education over my many years and I'm appaled at the adulation Dewey receives even from many professing Christians who attended humanistic high schools and colleges throughout America.
Dewey's influence upon modern education is without question but it is a bad influence and goes against the Biblical view of man, sin, redemption and the very basis for good and evil which is to be found in God's grace and not the "Great Society."
Let me explain. Dewey was a socialist who made such idiotic statements as these: "The state can do no wrong, for right is determined by what the state does."
Contrast this fallacious thinking where Dewey as a good Hegelian ascribes divine attributes to the state. Hear the truth of the matter: Let God be true and every man a liar.
God can do no wrong, for right is determined by what God says and does.
Dewey believed in "stimulus response" psychology where man is seen as an animal rather than a sinful creature under God and subject to Divine laws and commandments. Man will never attain freedom under the system John Dewey sought to create but only in terms of finding liberty in Jesus Christ who said "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed." John 8:36
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