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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.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Discussing “Self-Evident Truths”

A 2017 book, Self-Evident Truths: Contesting Equal Rights from the Revolution to the Civil War, has been mentioned on this blog, for example in March 2017.

Over the next week, author Richard D. Brown (my father) will be discussing the book and related history on several occasions, at which everyone is welcome: 

   November 1 (tonight, 7:30 p.m.) at the David Library in Washington Crossing, PA;

   November 5 (3 p.m.) at the Litchfield Historical Society;

   November 6 (6:30 p.m.) at the Yale Bookstore (Facebook); and 

   November 8 (6 p.m.) at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford.

7:52 am edt 

Sunday, October 22, 2017

“Let’s Learn History—Not Political Bias”

At Medium and Connecticut Viewpoints, I published a response to some politically motivated, ill-informed comments about Columbus and history.

8:32 am edt 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Literacy Forum Article(s), Photos

As noted in a recent Literacy Everyday blog post, a New Haven Independent update on literacy news included a preview of a September 28 Literacy Forum.

Now, an account of that event (with photos) appears via the New Haven Independent and Medium.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Public School Teachers Participate as Fellows, Develop Resources

The New Haven Public Schools (NHPS) announced that NHPS teachers had participated as Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute Fellows in 2017 – developing curriculum units, in the humanities and the sciences, now available for non-commercial, educational purposes.  The district’s website linked to related news in the New Haven Independent.

6:43 pm edt 

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Literacy Forum on September 28

Literacy Forum on Language and Learning: Home, School, and Community will be held Thursday, September 28 at 5 p.m. (program begins at 5:30).  Hosting the event will be the New Haven Public Schools (NHPS).  As indicated on the LiteracyEveryday site, this discussion -- part of a Literacy Forum series -- will include panelists:

   Ann Anderberg, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Education, ECSU;

   Marilyn Calderón, M.Ed., Executive Director, Connecticut Parent Power

   Luis Chavez-Brumell, Manager, Young Minds & Family Learning Department, New Haven Public Library

   Coral Ortiz, Hillhouse H.S. valedictorian 2017, former member of New Haven & Connecticut Boards of Education

Moderator: Abie BenítezPh.D., Director of Instruction & English-Language Learning, NHPS; opening remarks by Madeline Negrón, Ph.D., Director of Instruction & Early Childhood, NHPS.

All are welcome and admission is free, with light refreshments provided, but seating is limited.

Please register: info@literacyeveryday.org

Sponsors of the September 28 Forum are the Connecticut Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents and Literacy Coalition of Greater New Haven, as well as the New Haven Public Schools.

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