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As regards the spirit of the school, the chief object is to secure a free and informal community life in which each child will feel that he has a share and his own work to do. This is made the chief motive towards what are ordinarily termed order and discipline. It is believed that the only genuine order and discipline are those which proceed from the child’s own respect for the work which he has to do and his consciousness of the rights of others who are, with himself, taking part in this work. As already suggested, the emphasis in the school upon various forms of practical and constructive activity gives ample opportunity for appealing to the child’s social sense and to his regard for thorough and honest work.

Source: Dewey, John. “The University of Chicago School.” Primary Education 5 (1897): 270-1.