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The Gleam of Light: Moral Perfectionism and Education in Dewey and Emerson

Naoko Saito


In the name of efficiency, the practice of education has come to be dominated by neoliberal ideology and procedures of standardization and quantification. Such attempts to make all aspects of practice transparent and subject to systematic accounting lack sensitivity to the invisible and the silent, to something in the human condition that cannot readily be expressed in an either-or form. Seeking alternatives to such trends, the book reads Dewey's idea of progressive education through the lens of Emersonian moral perfectionism (to borrow a term co ... More

Keywords: education, neoliberal ideology, standardization, quantification, systematic accounting, progressive education, Emersonian moral perfectionism, spiritual growth, aesthetic growth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780823224623
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011 DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823224623.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Naoko Saito, author
Graduate School of Education, University of Kyoto