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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, April 14, 2019

Personal News and Gratitude


On May 1, I will become founding executive director of CASA of Southern Connecticut, part of the national CASA network for children facing abuse and/or neglect and in need of court-appointed special advocates.  It’s fitting that this news comes during April, which is both Child Abuse Prevention Month and Volunteer Month.


Last week, I concluded my job at Yale grateful to have worked with university faculty members and New Haven Public School teachers, among other excellent colleagues, over the years. My family and I look forward to remaining in New Haven with our friends and neighbors.

7:50 am edt 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Literacy News; “Young Voices on Reading, Writing, and Learning”


Today the New Haven Independent published literacy news, including a preview of an April 25 Literacy Forum: “Young Voices on Reading, Writing, and Learning”—with information also at @LiteracyGNH.

9:43 pm edt 

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