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John Dewey Reaction Paper The correlate in thinking of facts data knowledge already acquired is suggestions inferences conjectured meanings suppositions tentative explanations--ideas in short --John Dewey Out of the authors that I have read this year Alfred North Whitehead and John Dewey are the two that I have found the greatest commonality with in the subject of obtaining and gaining information Whitehead speaks on education relating back to Life It seems to be the only way to become a person that can understand the world around himher is to be a person who learned using life as the main force in education There is a proverb about the difficulty of seeing the wood because of the tressThe problem of education is to make the pupil see the wood by means of the trees I think that he and I touch base with the idea of life being the driving force in education Whitehead continues with distaste for formulated subjects and views Life as the only subject matter for education Dewey seems to feel as though life should be the main subject matter for education Dewey expresses an interest very similar to Whiteheads in the three stages in which education travels Whitehead felt that romance was the first stage of education Dewey stated that the pupil must first have a genuine situation of experiencethat there be a continuous activity in which he is interested for its own sake He continues with the methods that would best help the pupil to formulate their own conclusions Secondly that a genuine problem develop within this situation as a stimulus to thought third that he process the information and make the observations needed to deal with it fourth that suggested solutions occur to him which he shall be responsible for developing in an orderly way fifth that he have opportunity and occasion to test his ideas by application to make their meaning clear and to discover for himself
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