Public Education: The Primary Role

John Dewey, one of the fathers of the progressive era, says that the primary role of state education was to socialize children (here, “socialize” is different from the economic term). Dewey’s desire was (quote) “that we replace the old rugged individualism for a new individualism that stresses the unity of the individual with society.” He desired (quote) “the creation of a type of individual whose pattern of thought and desire is enduringly marked by consensus with others.”

John Dewey fears diversity and nonconformists, wishing everyone to conform into a homogeneous society, a common theme in progressivism.