John Goodlad Quotes

Alpine School District follows the complete philosophies of socialist/humanist John Goodlad.

  • Goodlad wrote the 4 Moral Dimensions
  • Goodlad wrote “Enculturating the Young in a Social and Political Democracy”
  • The mission statement “Educating all Youth to Ensure the Future of our Democracy” is paraphrased from one of John Goodlad’s books.

What else has John Goodlad written?


“Parents do not own their children. They have no ‘natural right’ to control their education fully.” (Developing Democratic Character in the Young, pp. 164.

“Most youth still hold the same values of their parents…if we do not alter this pattern, if we don’t resocialize, our system will decay.” (Education Innovation, Issue 9.)

“If parents control the education of their children, many children will be deprived of the legitimate choices offered in a liberal society.” (Developing Democratic Character in the Young, p. 156)

“Public education has served as a check on the power of parents.” (Developing Democratic Character in the Young, pp. 165.)

“We parents do not own our children; we just rent them for a while. Given the extent to which what he was troubled about has expanded, however, his reference to state ownership may well be appropriate.” (2010, Washington Post, Goodlad on school reform: Are we ignoring lessons of last 50 years?)


“Educators must resist the quest for certainty. If there were certainty there would be no scientific advancement.  So it is with morals and patriotism.” (Education for Everyone, p. 6.)

“The primary duty of liberal integrity requires that schoolteachers recognize as the basic purpose of teaching the development of children’s capacities for moral independence. (The Moral Dimensions of Teaching p.122)


In reference to the homosexual lifestyle, it says, “Each person is the best judge of his or her own happiness.  Nonstandard life-styles are experiments in living.  Societies that enforce conformity fail to progress.” (The Moral Dimensions of Teaching p.202)


“Enlightened social engineering is required to face situations that demand global action now.” (John Goodlad preface to James Becker: Schooling in a Global Age.)


“The curriculum of the future ‘will be what one might call the humanistic curriculum.’ (John Goodlad, NEA Journal 1966)


“It is my expectation that Teacher Education for Democracy and Social Justice will become a rich resource for continuing this multi-layered conversation-from democratic belief to democratic action-that is the hallmark of educational renewal.” (Goodlad’s forward to Teacher Education for Democracy and Social Justice, Nicholas Michelli and David Lee Keiser)