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Practically Idealistic blog
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 27, 2015

New Teacher-Developed Curricular Resources

The volumes of curriculum units that New Haven Public School teachers developed as Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute Fellows, in four 2015 seminars led by Yale faculty members, are now online – available for non-commercial, educational purposes.

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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Literacy Day, Literacy Blog

On the occasion of International Literacy Day, September 8, the LiteracyEveryday site has a recent blog post about related events this fall.

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