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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"What Is John Dewey Doing in To Kill a Mockingbird?,"
Education and Culture:
1, Article 4.
Available at: http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/eandc/vol31/iss1/art4