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  1. Introduction
  2. An analysis of the main ideas of ?Democracy and Education?
  3. An extrapolation of the main ideas of ?Democracy and Education? into our times
  4. A critique of the main ideas of ?Democracy and Education?
  5. Conclusion

If it is indeed true that John Dewey's philosophy of education, as expounded in his book ?Education and Democracy?, serves as the cornerstone of the American school system, it is little wonder to me that the US is known for its inventive and dynamic spirit. One of the central ideas in the book is that education, like democracy, should have a certain vital force about it?there should be an element of interest in it, and thus participation from the members involved, which brings about growth. The book also puts forth that education?as well as democracy?ought to recognize the multifariousness and variety of life, and, accordingly, the distinct qualities of each individual, then cultivate these to their fullest potential. Aside from these two key themes, though, Dewey further explains that the subjects taught at school should be appreciated, beyond their content alone, for the real value and skills that they impart to students.

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