Dewey wrote his celebrated book on Democracy and Education over a hundred years ago. Making Education Fit for Democracy asks why education has nevertheless failed to deliver such crucial support for democracy and how it should change to reflect ethical and social responsibilities. It seeks to shed light on what has gone wrong and how it can be put right.

Reforming an antiquated system of education should be a matter for public debate. This book is written not only for those currently involved in delivering education, but also for the general public. Arguing that education needs to be holistic, encouraging open-mindedness and developing a wide range of interests, it:

  • Highlights the role of education in supporting democracy
  • Promotes nurture in civilising values over mere information-giving
  • Puts exams and accountability into perspective
  • Seeks to bridge the gulf between schooling and life
  • Argues for the reform of the whole system of education
  • Seeks to use digital technology to personalise education

Touching upon several issues currently under debate, such as the rise of populism, the role of religion and narrow subject curriculum, this book will be of interest to all students studying education as well as those involved in teacher education.

chapter |6 pages


part 1|92 pages

Challenging modern day assumptions

chapter 8Chapter 1|17 pages

Does democracy deserve its accolade?

chapter Chapter 2|20 pages

What do we mean by reason?

chapter Chapter 3|18 pages

Debate: Does it have to be aggressive?

chapter Chapter 4|19 pages

Rethinking values?

chapter Chapter 5|16 pages

What to do about religion?

part 2|97 pages

Education: The need for reform

chapter 100Chapter 6|19 pages

What is education?

chapter Chapter 7|18 pages

Exit examinations?

chapter Chapter 8|20 pages

Resolving the curriculum nightmare?

chapter Chapter 9|20 pages

What is the role of the teacher?

chapter Chapter 10|18 pages

Fast forward in the digital age?