First published in 1899, The School and Society describes John Dewey s experiences with his own famous Laboratory School, started in 1896.Dewey s experiments at the Laboratory School reflected his original social and educational philosophy based on American experience and concepts of democracy, t on European education models then in vogue. This forerunner of the major works shows Dewey s pervasive concern with the need for a rich, dynamic, and viable society.In his introduction to this volume, Joe R. Burnett states Dewey s theme. Industrialization, urbanization, science, and techlogy have created a revolution the schools cant igre. Dewey carries this theme through eight chapters: The School and Social Progress; The School and the Life of the Child; Waste in Education; Three Years of the University Elementary School; The Psychology of Elementary Education; Froebel s Educational Principles; The Psychology of Occupations; and the Development of Attention.
Joe R. Burnett is Professor of History and Philosophy of Education at the University of Illinois, Champaign.