The Prophet of Democratic Education: The Overlooked Lessons and Legacy of Boyd Bode




Abstract: Democracies experienced a serious rise of totalitarianism during the 1930s. Concerns surrounding this threat to democracy fueled discussion amongst scholars of education about how schools should approach democratic education. Atop the helm of these scholars was Boyd Bode, educational philosopher from the Ohio State University. This article aims to resuscitate Boyd Bode as a pioneer of democratic education in the United States of America by focusing on his vision toward the role of reflective thought in democratic life, how this role was challenged within the progressive education movement, the role of schools in cultivating democratic life, and how he empowered others at Ohio State to perpetuate his vision.

Author Biography

James E. Schul, Winona State University

Author and Affiliation
Dr. James E. Schul
Professor, Education Studies Department
Winona State University