Wednesday, October 3, 2007

The Commission on Social Issues

The Commission on Social Issues is a committee of the John Dewey Society.

John Dewey (October 20, 1859 – June 1, 1952) was an American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer, whose thoughts and ideas have been greatly influential in the United States and around the world. He was one of the founders of philosophical Pragmatism, and the father of functional psychology. He was also the leader of the progressive movement in U.S. schooling, and his thought continues to inspire educators and influence contemporary educational projects.

Founded in 1935, the John Dewey Society exists to keep alive John Dewey's commitment to the use of critical and reflective intelligence in the search for solutions to crucial problems in education and culture. The Society subscribes to no doctrine, but in the spirit of Dewey, welcomes controversy, respects dissent, and encourages the responsible discussions of issues of special concern to educators. The society also promotes open-minded, critical reconsiderations of Dewey's influential ideas about democracy, education, and philosophy.

The Commission on Social Issues exists to encourage and support communications among members of the John Dewey Society and concerned publics on current social, cultural and educational issues.

The web log 'Social Issues' is one avenue of communication for members of the Commission for Social Issues and the John Dewey Society.

Members of the John Dewey Society are encouraged to join the Social Issues team.

4 comments:

A. G. Rud said...

I would like to think how this blog can interact with the society's journal, Education and Culture.

Craig A. Cunningham said...

Nice job setting this up, Len! I look forward to being part of the group. Let me know if I can help you with the template, for example listing the blogroll. - Craig

leonard waks said...

AG and Craig, Thanks for glancing at this and commenting.

Craig, lets stay ion touch. It would be great to get a first blogroll together. We can always add items later.

AG, We should certainly find ways to interact with Ed and Culture. Lets get our heads together about this.

Michael said...

I am very glad to have been pointed here. I've been a follower of JDS for some time now. Dewey's work continues to inform my practice. It's important we widen the discourse.