Speaking of Gatto, freeper vikingd00d’s Dewey quotation is not found in Gatto’s 400-page “Underground History of American Education,” either.
Until we can cite a source from the works of Dewey, I will assume that the source is Ann Coulter, per the citation from freeper St_Thomas_Aquinas.
From all I can tell, either Dewey’s quote was from some speech he gave that has been lost to the ages, or he never said it. MANY people credit that specific quote to him, though; there has to be a root, there, somewhere, even if it was someone else talking about Dewey.
All that aside, though, the quotes that CAN be legitimately accredited to John Dewey, and his philosophical bent, are plenty bad enough that I’d never let him influence my children’s education. Of course, Gatto has Dewey on the sidelines in the formation of American Public Education; a bit player, not one of the industrialist central figures.