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The title for this blog originated with use of the term “practical idealist” in this 1996 opinion piece, which asked: “To what kind of work should a practical idealist aspire?” A century and a half earlier, Emerson, in his 1841 essay Circles, wrote: “There are degrees in idealism.  We learn first to play with it academically. . . .  Then we see in the heyday of youth and poetry that it may be true, that it is true in gleams and fragments.  Then, its countenance waxes stern and grand, and we see that it must be true.  It now shows itself ethical and practical.”  John Dewey and Mahatma Gandhi embraced practical idealism in the 20th century, as did UN Secretary General U Thant.  Al Gore invoked it in a 1998 speech. In the context of this blog, the term is meant to convey idealism tempered but not overwhelmed by realism: a search for the ideal on a path guided by common sense.
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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Curricular Resources, by Teachers for Teachers

The volumes of curriculum units that New Haven public school teachers developed as 2012 Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute Fellows – in four seminars led by Yale faculty members in the sciences and the humanities – are online.

8:09 am edt 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

New Haven Promise, Parent University, and the CollegeCorps

Today, I enjoyed canvassing on behalf of New Haven Promise and Parent University as part of the volunteer CollegeCorps.  The next such canvass is on October 13, with Parent University to launch at Gateway Community College on November 3.

Parent University, popular in Boston (a site that New Haven neighbors have visited for inspiration), was mentioned in an April 2012 (April 15) blog post, following a brief stop in Charlotte, North Carolina.

1:58 pm edt 

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