Focused on the appropriation of John Dewey’s ideas on progressive education in revolutionary Mexico, this book reconsiders the interpretation and application of Dewey’s ideas in the world. Rodriguez examines the use of Dewey in Mexico’s state-building projects as a vantage point to assess the global impact of Dewey’s pedagogy. As these projects converged with Dewey’s desire to employ education as a tool for effective social change, Rodriguez understands Dewey not just as a philosopher but as an integral part of the Americas’ progressive movement and era.
1. Introduction: Race, Modernity and Nation in the Reception of Dewey’s Pedagogy in Mexico 2. Radical Dewey: Deweyan Pedagogy in Mexico, 1915-1923 3. Practical Dewey: Mexican Protestants and the Promise of America 4. Moisés Saénz and the Revolutionary Project of the Escuelas Activas 5. Dangerous Dewey: The Critique of the Dewey Project in Mexico (and Dewey’s Critique of Mexico)