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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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Friday, December 25, 2020

Giving Season, YouTube Channel

The holiday season is an occasion for sharing time with family and friends, for reflecting, and for giving.

One worthy cause is CASA of Southern Connecticut, which uploaded four videos to its new YouTube channel.  

Please consider "subscribing" to the channel for the videos (about 15 minutes each, featuring CASA volunteer Dwayne Jackson and ambassadors Miye Oni and Brandon Sherrod, in a discussion that led to a newspaper article).  We hope these videos will help us recruit additional CASA volunteers.
Other news, from our latest volunteers and donors to the endorsement of the CASA movement by Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times and at KristofImpact.org, is here.
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Thursday, December 24, 2020

Miguel Cardona, Connecticut, New Haven (and Medium)

Congratulations to Connecticut Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona, on his selection as the Biden-Harris administration's nominee for U.S. Education Secretary.  Years before he assumed his statewide role, Miguel Cardona made a powerful impression in a 2016 appearance at a Literacy Forum in New Haven, detailed at the time in the New Haven Independent and recorded for video broadcast by the Connecticut Network.

That Independent account of Miguel Cardona's role in the forum, on “Language, Bilingualism, and Literacy—In School & Beyond,” was also republished at Medium (discussed in a December 20 post below).
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Sunday, December 20, 2020

Medium as a Medium

As an early adopter of Medium, I have long been a fan of this mechanism through which writers can publish their work for potential syndication/republication.

Medium has provided a way for me to publish/republish a range of both opinion articles and accounts of Literacy Forum events.

Medium allows you to read a few articles free each month, while a membership subscription is just $5/month. 

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