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Dewey: Stalin's Propagandist, the World's Teacher
American Thinker ^ | 5/22/2013 | Daren Jonescu

Posted on 05/22/2013 11:35:14 AM PDT by VR-21

Joseph Stalin had been General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party for six years in 1928, when John Dewey, "the father of modern education," toured Russia with a group of educators. Later that year, The New Republic published Dewey's Impressions of Soviet Russia and the revolutionary world. This polemic stands as a remarkable testament to progressivism's disdain for mankind, reason, and truth. It is also Dewey's most honest and concise primer on the principles of his progressive education method. Anyone prepared to defend the idea of government-controlled schooling after reading this work is perhaps beyond reach of rational argument.

Dewey's general assessment of the Stalinist Russia he claims to have encountered is unabashedly positive, not to say romantic. Here is a very typical example:

But since the clamor of economic emphasis, coming... from both defenders and enemies of the Bolshevik scheme, may have confused others as it certainly confused me, I can hardly do better than record the impression, as overwhelming as it was unexpected, that the outstanding fact in Russia is a revolution, involving the release of human powers on such an unprecedented scale that it is of incalculable significance not only for that country, but for the world. [p. 15]

Note the peculiar effect of combining the most understated, non-judgmental language to describe a murderous dictatorship ("the Bolshevik scheme") with the most unobjective hyperbole ("overwhelming," "unprecedented," "incalculable") to describe something as abstract and speculative as "the release of human powers" under communism. This passage, and indeed the entire document, written by a sixty-nine year old eminent intellectual, reads like the silly postcard effusions of a ten-year-old girl on her first trip to Disneyland.

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: dewey; education; johndewey; progressives; publicschools; russia; stalin

1 posted on 05/22/2013 11:35:14 AM PDT by VR-21
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To: VR-21; cripplecreek; NoGrayZone
Big Bookmark for the Future!

2 posted on 05/22/2013 11:39:35 AM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: ProgressingAmerica; Noumenon

Ping.


3 posted on 05/22/2013 11:42:27 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: VR-21

~~~The New Republic published Dewey’s Impressions of Soviet Russia and the revolutionary world.~~~

Were the works called “Dreams From My Marxist Father” or “The Audacity of Marxism” by any chance?


4 posted on 05/22/2013 11:43:44 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: F15Eagle

The Audacity of Hopeful Change that takes a Village.


5 posted on 05/22/2013 11:44:54 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Army Air Corps
Hey! I've seen that one

"The Audacity of Hopeful Change that takes a Village."


6 posted on 05/22/2013 11:47:34 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: VR-21

bkmk


7 posted on 05/22/2013 11:47:43 AM PDT by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: Army Air Corps

“The Audacity of Hopeful Change that takes a Village.”

...and the IRS.


8 posted on 05/22/2013 11:48:47 AM PDT by Wildbill22 (They have us surrounded again, the poor bastards- Gen Creighton Williams Abrams)
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To: Sergio

No mention of this on his Wikipedia page. How convenient.


9 posted on 05/22/2013 11:49:14 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Wildbill22

How abouth this, then:

The Audacity of Hopeful Change that takes a Village to Audit You.


10 posted on 05/22/2013 11:56:00 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: VR-21
Dewey's main goal was to slowly slip incompetence into our then excellent schools. He began with the teaching of reading, and he succeeded at replacing our excellent methods with "look-say" which is very inadequate and creates students who sadly become stunted in their ability to learn. This was by design.

By the 1960s, time was ripe for social experimentation, because all of the major teaching colleges had become "dewey-ized," the stage was set for full bore socialization. They all thought that 1980 was going to be their year to embark on "it all," however, Ronald Reagan got elected and put a huge damper in their plans.

Now they have their vaunted leader where everything is to be accomplished.

It has been planned for 100 years. Every once in a while God interferes with the building of their paradise.

"When you see these things come to pass look up and know that your salvation is at hand."

11 posted on 05/22/2013 12:13:59 PM PDT by Slyfox (The red face of shame is proof that the conscience is still operational.)
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To: VR-21

ping


12 posted on 05/22/2013 12:26:04 PM PDT by celmak
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To: Slyfox

Don’t be fooled by “school choice”! As this confirms, the very concept of warehousing children is totalitarian. There have never been “good” schools. No school for children is about education.

Thank goodness, the home schoolers and unschoolers have made incredible strides in just a generation. Soon, people who dump their kids in prisons will be looked down upon.


13 posted on 05/22/2013 12:28:03 PM PDT by Forgotten Amendments (I remember when a President having an "enemies list" was a scandal. Now, they have a kill list.)
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To: VR-21

This afternoon TCM had a Soviet propaganda movie (for Americans) filmed in 1943; it shows happy Russian villagers defending their well-stocked farms from Nazis. The fact that our government would try to convince us of the benevolence of “Uncle Joe” Stalin is disgusting.


14 posted on 05/22/2013 12:51:05 PM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: Slyfox
I agree with you that what we see in education and society as a whole is the culmination of a century long project. One of the things that struck me in the article was the highlighting of Dewey's belief, consistent with other Progs of the time, that public education needed to supersede the influence of children's families. Again you see that totalitarian mindset, be it Fascist, Communist or National Socialist where all facets of human existence are subordinate to The State. One can also see the ideological underpinning of the likes of Barack Obama, when he expresses his contempt for the Constitution and its "Negative Liberties."
15 posted on 05/22/2013 1:01:50 PM PDT by VR-21 (I'm weary of being lorded over by criminals and gilded degenerates.)
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To: kearnyirish2
What was the title of the movie? Propaganda films that put our then ally, the USSR (and Stalin) in a favorable light were not uncommon. There was even one made at the urging of FDR titled Mission to Moscow that was based on a book written by then US Ambassador to the Soviet Union Joseph Davies. That film even puts the Show Trials of the old Bolsheviks in a favorable light.
16 posted on 05/22/2013 1:09:31 PM PDT by VR-21 (I'm weary of being lorded over by criminals and gilded degenerates.)
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To: VR-21
There's more to the story. In the 1930's, Dewey joined the anti-Stalinist Left and became a sharp critic of Stalin. Read here for more information.
17 posted on 05/22/2013 1:36:15 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: VR-21

I believe it was “North Star”; an absolute discrace to the memory of the millions slaughter by “Uncle Joe” before he then proceeded to sign a non-aggression pact with Hitler.


18 posted on 05/22/2013 2:01:03 PM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: VR-21
One can also see the ideological underpinning of the likes of Barack Obama, when he expresses his contempt for the Constitution and its "Negative Liberties."

With Obama they will have their last ditch effort.

19 posted on 05/22/2013 2:41:24 PM PDT by Slyfox (The red face of shame is proof that the conscience is still operational.)
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To: Fiji Hill
True. Look up the Dewey Commission, which investigated the Moscow Trials and Stalin's charges against Trotsky.

Some of the members of the commission who had been pretty far left along with Dewey in the Thirties ended up writing for National Review in the Fifties, Sixties, and Seventies.

20 posted on 05/22/2013 2:52:35 PM PDT by x
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To: VR-21

bump


21 posted on 05/22/2013 3:05:04 PM PDT by what's up
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To: Fiji Hill
Thanks for the article FH, and I do acknowledge that Dewey turned against Stalin. The message of the American Thinker article hasn't so much to do with Stalin as it did with Dewey's statist impulses. As the article you sent me states...

"Yes, Dewey did considerably better when it came to the Trotsky trials, which is a complicated subject, and didn’t necessarily put Dewey in the camp of stalwart anti-communist — though it did make Dewey anti-Stalin. The professor’s actions were more in protest of Stalin rather than communism in general. Where Dewey stood on communism by the end of his life is another of those maddening aspects of Dewey and his writings that’s exasperatingly difficult to pin down.

It's my opinion that Dewey was very much in the mold of early 20th century American Progs, who were very statist and totalitarian in their mindset, and who regarded public education to be one vehicle in their quest to move American society away from the founding principles. Good to hear from you...take care.

22 posted on 05/22/2013 3:05:14 PM PDT by VR-21 (I'm weary of being lorded over by criminals and gilded degenerates.)
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To: VR-21

This is important to understand. Thanks for posting this.


23 posted on 05/22/2013 3:28:16 PM PDT by OldNewYork (Biden '13. Impeach now.)
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To: OldNewYork

You’re quite welcome OldNewYork. I graduated from High School in 1969, and while public schools were by no means the indoctrination pens they’ve become, I distinctly remember a German teacher of mine often complaining about ‘progressive education.’ It seems to me that the mask finally came off in 1977, when Jimmy Carter created the Dept. of Education in keeping his promise to the teachers unions in exchange for their support in his election. This in effect gave the rabidly left-wing NEA a Cabinet post, and they have had total control of public education ever since. I’m sure that even the Progs are astonished by their success. People like John Dewey and George S. Counts laid the groundwork.


24 posted on 05/22/2013 3:41:56 PM PDT by VR-21 (I'm weary of being lorded over by criminals and gilded degenerates.)
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To: OldNewYork; Zeneta; CommieCutter; SwankyC; Albertafriend; preacher; Anima Mundi; frithguild; ...

John Dewey ping


25 posted on 05/23/2013 6:47:58 AM PDT by ProgressingAmerica (What's the best way to reach a YouTube generation? Put it on YouTube!)
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To: KC_Lion

Thank you - will read and I think ping one list to this.


26 posted on 05/23/2013 7:01:00 AM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: ProgressingAmerica; All; VR-21

http://www.globalmuseumoncommunism.org/


27 posted on 05/23/2013 7:03:32 AM PDT by Whenifhow
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To: Whenifhow

Looks good, thank you.


28 posted on 05/23/2013 7:20:15 AM PDT by VR-21 (I'm weary of being lorded over by criminals and gilded degenerates.)
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