Dewey on Leisure


  • Yin-yan Wu University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
  • Steven Simpson University of Wisconsin-La Crosse


John Dewey, leisure, work, "Democracy and Education"


Despite the extensive scholarly discussion about John Dewey's concepts about experiential education, little has been written for recreation leaders specifically about his ideas on recreation and leisure. This article summarizes John Dewey's philosophy of recreation and leisure. It begins by noting Dewey's distaste for the social constructs that unnecessarily create barriers between work and leisure. It then presents his argument that this work/leisure dichotomy contributes to meaningless leisure pursuits and is the result of class-based education. Finally, and most importantly, is Dewey's explanation that if education is a part of the problem, then it can be part of the solution.



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