Dads and Fathers

Who is the educator?


John Dewey

john dewey

Photo of John Dewey in the public domain.

With an increasing interest in the philosophy of pragmatism and a critique of the Western philosophy of knowledge, as well as in recent political philosophy, ethics, aesthetics, and philosophy of religion, growing interest in knowledge development is now being directed back to the American philosopher who once influenced a whole world with his view of experience and education. John Dewey wrote hundreds of articles and many books on topics such as: democracy, education, ethics and philosophy. From John Dewey’s comprehensive text production, we have chosen what we consider is one of the best statements of experience and human development, namely the book entitled Experience & Education.

With this help of John Dewey’s philosophy of “knowing”, the pragmatic nature of experience intervene with our understanding of a life-attitude, i.e. life, as it could be, if not distorted by the many misguided deeds in, or mannerly aims of, teaching, as a reproductive and instrumental practice. We take on John Dewey’s experimental method right from the beginning, from where it all starts, in the fostering of our own children. Let’s call our ambition a project of a parental attitude with global proportions. No matter what kind of educator people end up being: fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, grannies, teachers, scholars, managers or politicians; there is no better starting point than John Dewey’s transactional theory of learning if to understand how life unfold.

Read more about John Dewey at Wikipedia.

Dan Tedenljung

After some previous publications in different fields of Educational Research – like Research as Culture and Knowledge Production – PhD Dan Tedenljung at Mälardalens University, in Eskilstuna, Sweden is taking initiative to publish a popular scientifically illustrated book based on Educational Philosophy as a starting point in a global quest for parental education.