Sunday, February 20, 2011

John Dewey and the New World Order

  • Father of Modern, Progressive American Education [1]
  • Signer of the Humanist Manifesto [2]
  • Dewey was an important early developer of the philosophy of Pragmatism. Pragmatism proclaims that the truth or worth of an idea is based upon the results it brings. Pragmatists believe that truth is relative, situational, and that a desired end justifies any means required to reach it. John MacArthur has stated that pragmatism has sucked the life out of the Church.
  • He was one of the founders of functional psychology.
  • In the 1920s, Dewey wrote extensively in praise of the Soviet education system—so much that he was invited to visit the Soviet Union in 1928 and observe schools in the USSR. He based many of his recommendations for American education on the Soviet model.
  • Dewey would become president of The League For Industrial Democracy (LID), formerly the Intercollegiate Socialist Society, and the American counterpart of the British Fabian Society. [3
  • Dewey was an Unitarian Universalist. [4] 
  • His doctorate at Johns Hopkins University, from 1882-86, was under Hegelian philosopher George Sylvester Morris. [5] 
  • In 1932, the National Education Association (NEA)makes Dewey honorary president of its organization.[6]  
  • The Rockefeller and Carnegie foundations stimulated two-thirds of the total endowment funding of all institutions of higher learning in America during the first third of this 20th century. The NEA was largely financed by the Rockefeller/Carnegie foundations. [7  
  • In 1933, Dewey called for a synthesizing of all religions and "a socialized and cooperative economic order." [8]  In the July 1908 Hibbert Journal, he wrote: "Our schools...are performing an infinitely significant religious work. They are promoting social unity out of which in the end genuine religious unity must grow." 
  • The implementation of Dewey's objectives were funded by members of the Skull and Bones Society.[9] New Thought and Transcendentalist traditions owes much of its educational philosophy to Dewey.[10]  He was a co-founder of numerous Masonic institutions, including the NAACP, and the American Psychological Association and in 1905 he became the president of the American Philosophical Association.