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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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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Immigration and Nationality Act, Fifty Years in Context

Anticipating the 50th anniversary of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, I wrote an op-ed that the Baltimore Sun published this month, with Indian Americans a particular example.

12:03 am edt 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The U.S. and Connecticut Should Do Our Share to Welcome Refugees

After reading the anti-refugee open letter of a “Tea Party Patriot,” I wrote an op-ed in response. The op-ed is available via Medium as well as Connecticut Viewpoints.

10:08 pm edt 

Monday, October 12, 2015

“Celebrating” Teacher Initiative, Leadership, Curricular Resources

In a recent compilation of “celebrations,” the New Haven Public Schools (NHPS) included the work of NHPS teachers who participated as Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute Fellows in 2015.  The Fellows, working as colleagues in small-group seminars led by Yale faculty members in the humanities and sciences, developed curricular resources available to teachers throughout the district and beyond

Teachers across the NHPS are invited to speak with their school colleagues who serve as Institute representatives, disseminating the curricular resources and encouraging suggestions of potential seminar topics for the Institute to address in the year ahead.

7:26 am edt 

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Literacy Coalition Welcomes Board Members, Plans Forum 8:51 am edt 

Sunday, October 4, 2015

“On Guns and Security, A Parent’s Plea for Reason”

From the Charleston church murders to the recent community college atrocity in Oregon, horrific gun violence – including mass shootings – are all too common. 

After the Sandy Hook attack, I wrote “On Guns and Security, a Parent’s Plea for Reason” – and then, in a January 2015 (January 10) post, commented on the Frontline program, “Gunned Down,” about the National Rifle Association (NRA) and its influence on law and politics.
8:37 am edt 

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