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Subject Matter That Matters

Only in education, never in the life of farmer, sailor, merchant, physician, or laboratory experimenter, does knowledge mean primarily a store of information aloof from doing.

—Dewey (1916/1944, p. 185)

Education to be living and effective must be directed to informing pupils with those ideas, and to creating for them those capacities which will enable them to appreciate the current thought of their epoch.

—Whitehead (1929, p. 83)

The conventional way of viewing the problem of school subject matter goes like this: ...

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