Education: Dewey Unchanged

The name of the thriller was Too Lively to Live. The man in carpet slippers sitting in an easy chair reading it was nearly 87, and the No. 1 theorist of U.S. education. John Dewey had just published his own 35th book (Problems of Men; Philosophical Library, $5). He was packing his bags for a Nova Scotia vacation. For September he planned an inspection trip to China's universities, where he is regarded as a major prophet.

Lively John Dewey (he hates to be called "Dr. Dewey") starts his day at 7:30 a.m., ends it...

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