I found this gem of a quote by J.W. Gardnerrecently.
Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants.
According to Wikipedia -John William Gardner, (October 8, 1912–February 16, 2002) was Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare under PresidentLyndon Johnson. Many of his quotes and writings I've discovered are very much in accordance with Dewey and the fundamental beliefs of place-based education. I wonder what he would think of No Child Left Behind? His passing came as it was just really starting to take root and begin to transform the nations schools into what they have become today.