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Teachers College is allegedly one of the leading institutions of education scholarship in the United States. The college's institutional philosophy is more or less encapsulated on the wall of its main entrance. It is taken from Dewey's Pedagogic Creed, and reads "I believe that education is the fundamental method of social progress and reform". This raises a question:
Should the academic study of education, or analysis of the question What educates?, ground itself in a similar commitment to 'social progress and reform'? Or is the rigorous pursuit of truth a more important priority?
Dewey, D. (1897). My Pedagogic Creed. School Journal, vol. 54, pp. 77-80. Access