Dewey in Belgium: A Libation for Modernity?

Coping with His Presence and Possible Influence
  • Tom De Coster
  • Marc Depaepe
  • Frank Simon
  • Angelo Van Gorp

Abstract

Frans De Hovre (1884–1956), the (anglophile) pioneer of Catholic pedagogical theory in Flanders, repeatedly1 attributed to the American philosopher and educator John Dewey (1859–1952) worldwide renown as well as an impressive impact on the educational world of the time. But did this presentation of things by De Hovre ever actually correspond to the reality? When we summarily consider the history of Belgian education, we observe that any great presence of the non-Catholic Dewey is probably not so very obvious.2 Even the Catholic primary school teacher Edward Peeters had to take refuge in pseudonyms and was forced to resign because his interest in the New Education allegedly gave non-Catholic modernists too loud a voice.3

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Burning Europe Assure Assimilation Hunt 

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  • Tom De Coster
  • Marc Depaepe
  • Frank Simon
  • Angelo Van Gorp

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