mathematics.

I say this because in his book, How We Think, I sense a dislike for

the memorization needed to learn arithmetic.

He does not say as much about mathematics as he does other

topics, but I found what he had to say about math in his work,

Democracy and Education. You can read the one paragraph on

mathematics in this book on this web page, but I will reproduce

the main point below:

Dewey:

“

of the imagination in dealing with the most general relations of

things; even religious value in its concept of the infinite and allied

ideas. But clearly

because it is endowed with miraculous potencies called

values

I believe the paragraph above indicates a lack of respect for

mathematics, but I leave that for you to decide.

Decadence

"...

of the world, which is a moral order. Whether by intuition or

convention, the artist must know how to convey this reality

I believe mathematics, like art, reflects something special about

the universe around us. In that sense, mathematics

with miraculous "potencies" (Dewey's word) that reflect order and

values immanent in the universe.

I have enormous respect for John Dewey, but he was never a

mathematician, never connected with mathematics, and could not

fathom the "

"

and to persuade those who are going to participate in the

greatest things in the city to go to caluculation and to take it up,

not after the fashion of private men, but to stay with it until they

come to the contemplation of the nature of numbers with

intellection itself, not pracicing it for the sake of buying and

selling like merchants or tradesmen, but for war and for ease of

Plato believed the leaders of a great city should be well grounded

in mathematics (calculation), in plane geometry, and solid

geometry as well. Plato believed there was something special

about mathematics that touched the soul and revealed truth.

mathematics, he had a beligerent attitude toward religion. The

basis of this second assertion lies in John Dewey's signing the

Humanist Manifesto. Dewey was a great supporter and advocate

for civil society and democracy, but I believe he could not see

past his nose. He was a materialist and could not believe there

was a purpose mathematics or to life beyond material and

political accomplishments.

As much as Dewey valued democracy, no democracy can long

flourish if it is based only upon the material, ignoring the spiritual

dimension of humanity, which is the only reliable safe-guard for a

civil society.

I believe John Dewey's negative attitude towards mathematics

has been transferred to the colleges of education, transferred to

the teachers trained with this negative attitude, and transferred

into the elementary school curriculums across America, inflicting

enormous damage upon the education of our children.

Robert Canright

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