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1930'S Education Reform

How Dewey came into our classrooms

laura pratt

on 12 February 2013

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or... why Scout gets frustrated Education Reform in the 1930's Chapter's 1-3 What impact does this have on the novel and the reader? John Dewey was an educational philosopher and scientists who became active in the early 1900's.

His philosophy centered around the idea students learn through activities and play. John Dewey The Depression hit the south the hardest. Many farmers and merchants were out of work and could not pay their taxes.

When taxes were not paid, there was no funding for the public schools.

Many children had to work to help support their families and could not go to school. Education in the South Segregation was decided on a town to town basis during the 1930s. Only 18 states, including the capital, listed segregation as a law- Alabama was one of these 18 states.

Desegregation was not done for any civil or moral reasons- but to help save money. Segregation Knowing segregation was being phased out by the 1930's and progressive reform was being ushered in schools gives us a more positive view of the educational system than Scout lends us in Chapters 1-3.

Which begs the question, what was harper Lee's opinion on education? Scouts' ability to read and write is clearly discussed when she meets Dill, and is brought into question during her first days at school.

Jem tells her the school is going to be teaching in a new way, called the "Dewey Decimal system."

We also meet a character named Buris Ewell, who has been in the 1st grade before. Field, Richard. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2005. Web. 29 January 2013.

Picture This: California Perspectives on American History. The Oakland museum of California. Web. 29 January 2013.

The 1930's: Educational Overview. American Decades. January 2001. Web. 29 January 2013. Works Cited Our Gang School Short
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