ABSTRACT

Dewey lampooned “those empiricists of the present day who attack every measure and policy that is new and innovating on the ground that it does not have the sanction of experience when what they really mean by ‘experience’ is patterns of mind that were formed in a past that no longer exists.” Despite the foregoing disparate comments, there remained two opposed views in education both claiming lineage from John Dewey. In the main, the journal pinned its hopes on an ideal superintendent to lead the teachers in their respective school districts across the land. The school must then bring to growing youth ‘the best that has been thought and said,’ and all else that serves to make life rich and sweet.” in a final paragraph, the editors offered their readers a caveat that the school was but one agency of education which “may still be weaker than either the family or industry.”