Teaching In The Now (eBook)
John Dewey On The Educational Present
de Jeff Frank
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John DeweysExperience and Education is an importantbook, but first-time readers of Deweys philosophy can find it challenging andnot meaningfully related to the contemporary landscape of education. JeffFranksTeachingin the Now aims to reanimate Deweys textfor first-time readers and anyonewho teaches the text or is interested in appreciating Deweys continuingsignificanceby focusing on Deweys thinking on preparation. Frank, throughclose readings of Dewey, asks readers to wonder: How much of what we justify aspreparation in education is actually necessary? That is, every time we catchourselves telling a studentyou need to learn this in order to do somethingelsewe need to stop and reflect. We need to reflect, because when we alwaysjustify the present moment of a students education in terms of what willhappen in the future, we may lose out on the ability to engage studentsattention and interest now, when it matters. Dewey asks his readers to trustthat the best way to prepare students for an engaging and productive future isto create the most engaging and productive present experience for students. We learn to live fully in the future, only by practicing living fullyin the present. Although it can feel scary to stop thinking of the work ofeducation in terms of preparation, when educators reclaim the present for students, new opportunitiesforteachers, students, schools, democracy, and educationemerge.Teachingin the Now explores these opportunities in impassioned and engaging prose that makesExperience and Education come alive forreaders new to Dewey or who have taught and read him for many years.