Education: Dewey at 80

One Indian summery evening last week 1,000 people gathered in Manhattan to praise "America's greatest philosopher." It was John Dewey's 80th birthday, and many distinguished men and women—among them Chinese Ambassador Hu Shih, Charles Beard, Mrs. Eugene Meyer, Fiorello LaGuardia—had come to his party. Nine organizations, including the Progressive Education Association and American Philosophical Association, had arranged to honor him. Honor him they did, with oratory and applause. But Dr. Dewey heard them not. He was not in Manhattan, not in Chicago, not in any of a dozen other places where Dewey...

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