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Democracy And Education: An Introduction To The Philosophy Of Education [293KB]
John Dewey
The book embodies an endeavour to detect and state the ideas implied in a democratic society and to apply these ideas to the problems of the enterprise of education. The discussion includes an indication of the constructive aims and methods of public education as seen from this point of view, and a critical estimate of the theories of knowing and moral development which were formulated in earlier social conditions, but which still operate, in societies nominally democratic, to hamper the adequate realization of the democratic ideal.
Source: http://www.ilt.columbia.edu/publications/dewey.html

Experience & Education [53 KB]
John Dewey
Experience and Education is the best concise statement on education ever published by John Dewey, the man acknowledged to be the pre-eminent educational theorist of the twentieth century. Written more than two decades after Democracy and Education (Dewey's most comprehensive statement of his position in educational philosophy), this book demonstrates how Dewey reformulated his ideas as a result of his intervening experience with the progressive schools and in the light of the criticisms his theories had received.
Contributed by: Arvind Gupta

How Children Fail [191 KB]
John Holt
Most children in school fail. Many others fail in fact if not in name. They complete their schooling only because we have agreed to push them up through the grades and out of the schools, whether they know anything or not. Why do they fail? They fail because they are afraid, bored, and confused. They are afraid, above all else, of failing, of disappointing or displeasing the many anxious adults around them, whose limitless hopes and expectations for them hang over their heads like a cloud. They are bored because the things they are given and told to do in school are so trivial, so dull, and make such limited and narrow demands on the wide spectrum of their intelligence, capabilities, and talents. They are confused because most of the torrent of words that pours over them in school makes little or no sense. It often flatly contradicts other things they have been told, and hardly ever has any relation to what they really know—to the rough model of reality that they carry around in their minds. John Holt attempts some answers.
Contributed by: Arvind Gupta

How Children Learn [218 KB]
John Holt
Children are interesting and the way they learn is even more interesting to observe and be part of. The book provides much food for thought enabling readers to question their understanding of children and the way they learn.
Contributed by: Peter Foti

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