Education brings about changes

Zoubaida Subhi Salman
Sondos Mohammad Jamous
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This article highlights the impact of John Dewey's philosophy on education in the Arab world. Dewey's ideas brought about a significant revolution in the field of education by challenging traditional and compulsive approaches to learning. He emphasized the importance of individual thought, free will, and creativity, which led to advancements in education, science, and technology. The article also discusses how influenced by Dewey's philosophy, Paulo Freire incorporated similar ideas into his childcentered or progressive education approach. Freire's ideas aligned with Dewey's focus on studentcentered learning and empowering students to actively participate in their education. However, the implementation of Dewey's ideas in the Arab world faced challenges and criticism. Traditional educational practices influenced by cultural, social, and political factors often clashed with the progressive approaches advocated by Dewey. The tension between traditional and progressive education created obstacles in adapting Dewey's philosophy to the Arab world education systems. Despite these challenges, Dewey's ideas remain relevant in contemporary Arab World education. His theories have contributed to the development of 21st-century skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration. These skills are crucial in preparing students to navigate an ever-changing world. This paper provides insights into the successes, challenges, and adaptations of Dewey's educational philosophy in the Arab world. It highlights ongoing efforts to enhance educational practices and empower students in the Arab world countries, ultimately aiming to improve the quality of education and foster the growth of students in the region. The study found that Dewey's philosophy emphasized the importance of experiential learning, democracy, and the integration of education with real-life experiences. These ideas aligned with the aspirations of many Arab intellectuals who fostered critical thinking, creativity, and active citizenship among their populations. It also found that the integration of Dewey's philosophy in Arab education may face challenges due to cultural and contextual differences.