Reflection, fuh reel, fuh reel…

Re-reading one of those great books that’s consigned to the textbook department but that deserves better: Teaching History for the Common Good.

Two quotes struck me as I rode the 52 bus through West Philly this AM:

“Any subject can be taught effectively in some intellectually honest way to any child at any stage of development.”


Reflective thought as “active, persistent and careful consideration of any belief or supposed form of knowledge in the light of the grounds that support it, and the further conclusions to which it tends.”

Combining these two sentiments — one from Jerome Bruner, the other from John Dewey — is pretty much what we’re after at the Workshop.

Jerome Bruner, The Process of Education (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 19xx), 33.

John Dewey, How We Think, (NY: DC Heath, 1910), 5-6.