Education: Time for a Truce

For 20 years one of the main battles of U.S. educators has been waged by the followers of John Dewey ("Learning by Doing") on one side, and the followers of Robert Hutchins ("The Great Books") on the other. Last week, in a crisp editorial, the editors of the Freeman sensibly suggested that it was about time for the two factions to get together:

"Why, indeed, should Dewey and Hutchins be opposed to each other? Isn't 'learning by doing' part of any good educational process? Isn't it the mark of the well-educated man, even of the well-educated 'doer,' that he have more than...

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