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According to John Dewey in "Education as Growth," what are his main tenets on education, and where do you see them in effect today?

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There are several different interpretations of John Dewey and his theories on education. Dewey, though best remembered for his progressive ideas concerning education, was very much into utilizing empirical data to formulate his conclusions regarding education theory. Much of his work revolves around the philosophy of pragmatism and experiential theory.

Dewey, in his time, rejected the predominant philosophy of metaphysics in favor of a natural approach to learning. Simply stated, Dewey believed that experience formed the foundation and the interpretation of knowledge—what we subjectively label as learning. Dewey's notion is that curriculum is more than a set of simple discrete subject matter like math, language arts, and social studies. The curriculum encompasses the daily life experience of the student. Dewey's education philosophy begins with the experiential perspective of the learner, with keen attention focused on how students adapt to different situations and incorporate knowledge...

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