Consider the following passage:
The map is not a substitute for personal experience. The map does not take the place of an actual journey. . . . . But the map, a summary, an arranged and orderly view of previous experiences, serves as a guide to future experience; it gives direction; it facilitates control; it economizes effort, preventing wandering, and pointing out the paths which lead most quickly and most certainly to a desired result. Through the map every new traveler may get for his journey the benefits of others’ explorations without the waste of energy and loss of time involved in their wanderings – wanderings which he himself would be obliged to repeat were it not for just the assistance of the objective and generalized record of their performances.
(John Dewey, ‘The Child and the Curriculum’ in The School and Society and The Child and the Curriculum. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 198-199.)
What is the significance of Dewey’s map metaphor?
How does it function in Dewey’s discussion?
Is the metaphor successful in doing what Dewey wants it to do?
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