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Abstract

Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird is taught in countless public schools and is beloved by many teachers and future teachers. Embedded within this novel—interestingly—is a strong criticism of an approach to education mockingly referred to as the “Dewey Decimal System.” In this essay I explore Lee’s criticism of progressive education and argue that it tells us something interesting about the novel and about approaches to education inspired by John Dewey.

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https://muse.jhu.edu/journals/education_and_culture/v031/31.1.frank.html

Available for download on Tuesday, January 01, 2019

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