It’s More Than a Decimal System

I’m spending a lot of time with John Dewey these days.  While I had read about him in text books many times before, now is the first time I am becoming acquainted with the man through his own words.  It’s a pleasure.  I’m reading “Experience and Education.”

I also appreciate the man for his use of the term “in toto,” which I originally learned from my Southern mother.  She used to say things like, “you can’t reject the idea in toto!”

Definition:

in toto: Totally; altogether: recommendations that were adopted in toto.

I like the way the phrase “in toto” sounds ridiculous and completely pretentious at the same time. !

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