Faculty Members to Present at John Dewey Society’s Centennial Celebration


This week, Upper School teachers Jon Acheson, Patti Porcarelli, and Marshall Gordon — along with Lou Rosenblatt, a former longtime Upper School teacher — will be presenting a series of talks at the John Dewey Society’s Centennial Celebration of the publication of Dewey’s Democracy and Education in Washington, D.C. Park faculty members will discuss how they connect teaching their disciplines with the philosophy of progressive education. 

Jon Acheson – history: Combining the Personal and the Historical

Patti Porcarelli – English: ‘An Ounce of Experience’: Testing Ideas, Breaking Down Barriers, and Sustaining Democracy

Marshall Gordon – mathematics: Teaching Mathematics with Democracy in Mind

Lou Rosenblatt – science: On the Virtues of Naiveté

An American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer, John Dewey’s ideas have been very influential to education and social reform. According to its website, the John Dewey Society grew out of series of discussions held in 1934 and early 1935 among 60 or so liberal educators who wanted to found a society to “encourage in every way possible and itself conduct scholarly and scientific investigations of the relations of school and society, with particular reference to the place and function of education in the process of social change.” Originally called “The Association for the Study of Education in its Social Aspects,” the name was changed to the John Dewey Society in early 1936. 

For more information about the conference: http://www.johndeweysociety.org/conferences/2016-washington-d-c/de-centennial/

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