The View From 1776
Friday, September 14, 2012
Liberal-Progressive Education For Socialism
Obama’s now notorious dismissal of individual effort in building our economy captures a principal aspect of John Dewey’s early 20th century ideas about progressive education. What Dewey called “education for democracy” was intended to steer educators away from teaching hard subjects. They were instead to spend their time on group projects emphasizing collective effort rather than individual excellence.
What David Riesman later in The Lonely Crowd called the inner-directed, individualistic personality was to give way to the outer-directed, go-with-the crowd personality beginning to appear in the 1950s. Group-think was to prepare unsophisticated young students for life in the “good socialist society” that liberal-progressives confidently anticipated in the 1920s and 30s, the socialized society that liberal-progressive Franklin Roosevelt imposed upon us during his 1930s Great Depression.
I’m indebted to Frank Madarasz for the link to Honey, You Didn’t Build That, a film clip that depicts the education goals of liberal-progressive-socialism.