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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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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Teacher-Developed Curricular Resources Online

As announced via the New Haven Independentnew curricular resources – that New Haven Public School teachers developed as Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute Fellows in 2016 – are now online

The school district's website includes this link.

7:40 am edt 

Monday, October 10, 2016

“Language, Bilingualism, and Literacy – in School and Beyond”

The New Haven Independent published my account of a September 29 forum, “Language, Bilingualism, and Literacy – in School and Beyond." 

A version also appears at Medium.

7:22 am edt 

Sunday, October 2, 2016

India and Climate Change

As the BBC reported, India has ratified the Paris agreement to limit climate change.

Climate change, and the urban environment in India’s capital region, were among the topics in a May 2016 article that followed my family’s April trip to New Delhi.  A version also appears at Medium.

3:42 pm edt 

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