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Lynda Stone honored with lifetime achievement award

Lynda Stone, the School of Education’s Samuel M. Holton Distinguished Professor, has been honored by the John Dewey Society with its Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award.

Stone, whose teaching and research focuses on the theoretical foundations and contexts of education, philosophy of education and ethics, has been active with the John Dewey Society for many years. She served as president of the society from 2008 to 2012.

The award, which was presented in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association in April in New York City, cited Stone’s “excellent contributions to education and culture that reflect the spirit and vision of American philosopher John Dewey.”

The John Dewey Society, named after the American philosopher and educational reformer, was established in 1936 and is considered to be the first organization devoted to the philosophy of education. The society considers its goal to "keep alive John Dewey's commitment to the use of critical and reflective intelligence in the search for solutions to crucial problems in education and culture."

An educator for more than 50 years, Stone taught social studies for 15 years in California after attending the University of California at Berkeley. She earned master's degrees in education and in philosophy as well as a Ph.D. at Stanford University. She taught at the University of New Hampshire, Michigan State University, and Swarthmore and Bryn Mawr colleges. She was assistant professor for five years at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (Honolulu) before coming to UNC in 1993.

In presenting the award, Jessica Heybach, associate professor of education at Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois, said about Stone, “As a former social studies teacher, she helped myriad students understand the relationships between schools and society and to develop the habits and dispositions necessary for democratic citizenship. She is a passionate advocate for democratic education, which she infuses with critical, poststructural, feminist, and multicultural sensitivities.”

Heybach cited Stone’s more than 100 articles, books and chapters, many extending Dewey’s work in new directions.

“Her recent essay in the The Journal of Curriculum Studies entitled “Rethinking John Dewey’s ‘Democracy and Education’ on its Centennial” is emblematic of the thoughtful engagement she has with Dewey’s ideas, as well as her unique ways of keeping Dewey relevant,” Heybach said.