Craig Kridel


In 2000, the Romanian journal Paideia published a series of essays to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the death of John Dewey. Three articles—by Peter Hlebowitsh, then the editor of Education and Culture; Daniel Tanner, then the president of the John Dewey Society; and William Schubert, past president of the JDS—were prepared and translated into Romanian for publication. Paideia editor Nicolae Sacalis has contributed an article describing Dewey’s influence in Romania. In “The Writings of John Dewey in Romania: Policy and Pedagogy,” Sacalis describes the interest in pragmatism of the Romanian intellectuals of the 1920s and 1930s and how Dewey’s writings became important to the government’s education leaders and school practitioners. Dewey’s popularity was so great that a comprehensive overview of his work was published to honor and acknowledge his eightieth birthday. The writings of Dewey were silenced thereafter but not forgotten. His works reappeared in the 1970s for a new generation of Romanian educators, and since the 1989 revolution, his writings have received even greater popularity, leading to the commemoration of his death by Paideia.

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