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A selection from John Dewey's "Pedagogical Creed".        "         I believe that interests are the signs and symptoms of growing power.         I believe that they represent dawning capacities. Accordingly the constant and careful observation of interests is of the utmost importance for the educator.         I believe that these interests are to be observed as showing the state of development which the child has reached.         I believe that the prophesy the stage upon which he is about to enter.         I believe that only through the continual and sympathetic observation of childhood's interests can the adult enter into the child's life and see what it is ready for, and upon what material it could work most readily and fruitfully.         " I think there is some truth to what Dewey has to... read more

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