Dr. John Dewey, the profound American educational reformer grew up in Burlington, Vermont. He graduated from the University of Vermont and received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. His career spanned the period in American education that saw the shift from traditional modes of education into more progressive ways of learning. He spent his academic career lecturing at Columbia University and the University of Chicago and was appointed as the Dean of School of Education at Chicago University. His concept of pragmatism became a unique phenomenon of American culture including his famous words "Education as Life, School as Society". In 1919, he gave lectures in Beijing, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Shanghai and other cities, disseminating his educational theory into China.
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