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Democratic Socialism Has Deep Roots in American Life

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 11.03.2015 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

If the political pundits would look around, they would even discover a significant number of prominent U.S. democratic socialists at work in a variety of fields. These and many other democratic socialists, among them Bernie Sanders, have played an important role in American life.

Opportunity and Hope in America's Public Schools

Bruce Lesley | Posted 09.18.2015 | Education
Bruce Lesley

Today's children are our nation's next generation of leaders. If we care about them, their future, and our nation's future, we must listen to their pleas and demand action and equity for all of our nation's public schools and students.

A Liberating Space for Humane Dialogue on Television

John Bredin | Posted 07.07.2015 | Good News
John Bredin

This year marks the five-year anniversary of Public Voice Salon, a TV show I co-created with my wife that seeks to revive the lost art of human conversation.

The Theft of Democracy's Memory

Harry Boyte | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Harry Boyte

In this coming election season we need to challenge ourselves and candidates of whatever party and at whatever level to recall the work of citizenship. And we need to ask candidates to stop pretending they will fix our problems by themselves. These are the questions to pose:

Bernie Sanders' Socialism Is as American as Apple Pie

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

We can expect the right-wing echo chamber -- including Fox News hosts, Tea Party politicians, and Rush Limbaugh -- to attack Sanders for espousing an ideology that they'll likely describe as foreign, European, and un-American. But Sanders's views are in sync with a longstanding American socialist tradition.

Community Organizing and the Next Stage of Democracy

Harry Boyte | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Harry Boyte

Expert-led knowledge power is on the march, embodied in "Big Data," predictive technologies, and movements like translational science. All seek to fix people and problems from the outside, and view everyday citizens as largely ignorant and passive.

9 Ways of Raising Issues of Religious Pluralism in the Schools

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.17.2015 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Someone said to me once that throughout the ages, more people have been killed in the name of religion than all the people who have ever died of all diseases combined. I don't know whether this is actually the case, but I do think it highlights a vital point.

John Dewey and the Rag Tag and Bobtail of Humanity

Harry Boyte | Posted 05.18.2015 | College
Harry Boyte

Only an education animated by belief in each person's potential can reverse the dramatic shrinkage which has been taking place in our imaginations about democracy, citizenship, and people themselves. It is crucial to remember pioneers in education for democracy who radiated such belief.

Ideas Into Action

Jonathan Lash | Posted 04.12.2015 | Education
Jonathan Lash

I was a dreadful student in college. A curriculum based on lectures, reading lists, and examinations didn't work for me. But when I entered the Peace Corps the experience was compelling.

The Global Search for Education: China Comes to New York

C. M. Rubin | Posted 12.24.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

The number of Chinese students seeking to be educated in the West has received significant media attention in recent years, but what about the flipside? What will this mean for the further development of higher education institutions in modern China and for their influence with educators and students around the world?

Colleges Don't Need More Tests or More 'Sheep'

Michael Roth | Posted 11.19.2014 | College
Michael Roth

Our colleges and universities aspire to help students to find what John Dewey called "the large and human significance" in their lives and work. This requires not just teaching to the test and not just parroting critiques. It requires learning to think with contexts and concepts, deploying cooperation and creativity.

What's Missing From Common Core Is Education for Democracy

Alan Singer | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

Democracy requires that Americans see themselves as citizens, not just consumers or employees. Common Core, by ignoring the fundamental values that make democracy possible, does education and the United States a tremendous disservice.

Reclaiming the Conversation on Education

Alan Singer | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

The problem at meetings such as Reclaiming the Conversation on Education conference is that they tend to be "anti" meetings that do not present a clear alternative agenda defining what participants believe is the role public education should play in a democratic society.

Conformity Is the Enemy: From Groupthink to Diversity

Michael Roth | Posted 05.31.2013 | College
Michael Roth

Conformity, whether rationalized or simply imposed, undermines our government, our press, and our educational systems. We've had to learn some hard lessons about this in the last 10 years. Surely one of them is that we must defend diversity as a tool for innovation and for responsible decision-making.

The Fractious World of Digital Natives, Immigrants and Aliens

Tom Alderman | Posted 05.06.2013 | Impact
Tom Alderman

Now we live in the digital age, a most wondrous time, for sure. But let's be honest, it has also fragmented our already tribal society into yet another counter faction. And that's not so good.

Why Liberal Education Matters -- A Lecture in Beijing

Michael Roth | Posted 02.26.2013 | College
Michael Roth

Will pragmatic liberal education instigate skillful and compassionate strategies -- here and abroad -- for addressing our most pressing challenges?

I Don't Buy It

Dan Butin | Posted 02.16.2013 | Education
Dan Butin

We professors all too often believe that this is our job; to profess. Perhaps. But to be clear, this is not teaching. Let's at least call it what it is: the attempted transfer of information from one container into another. But that's a really problematic way to think about the classroom experience.

Get Smart! Cultivate Interdependence!

Michael Roth | Posted 01.15.2013 | College
Michael Roth

The goal of inquiry isn't Truth with a capital "T;" it is more inquiry. The goal of liberal learning is more learning. We hold onto our "plasticity" by holding onto our ability to be affected by others -- to learn from experience in context.

Dewey Dare

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 01.14.2013 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Following an election that feels much like a bitterly fought, hard-won vindication of those earlier transformative contests of 1932 and 1964, we might do well to reacquaint ourselves with this great American mind.

The Best Education for the Best Is the Best Education for All

Peter Meyer | Posted 11.08.2012 | Education
Peter Meyer

I think we could agree on some basic standards for college readiness. I personally don't care if a kid decides not to go to college. I would, however, demand that every high school graduate have the option of going if he or she wanted to.

Review of Romano's America the Philosophical

Michael Roth | Posted 07.29.2012 | College
Michael Roth

Romano does offer a series of often intelligent reflections on a diverse group of American writers. That doesn't make his work or our country philosophical, but it does remind us of books we might turn to as we continue our conversations.

Saul Alinsky Elementary School? How We Honor America's Radicals and Reformers

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

A society that really wants to celebrate the life of an important figure -- to keep his or her memory alive in our collective psyche -- must do so publicly and permanently.

There's Danger in Playing Chess with Politics

Leslie Reece Schichtel | Posted 07.15.2012 | Politics
Leslie Reece Schichtel

The object of a game of chess is to vanquish one's opponent. To do so, both players strategize each piece's trajectory to eventually lock the opponent...

A School Grows in Brooklyn

Tom Allon | Posted 07.03.2012 | Education
Tom Allon

I have just witnessed the future of public education in America and I am so excited that my head is brimming with optimism.

Educating the Whole Child

Natalia Mehlman Petrzela | Posted 05.05.2012 | Education
Natalia Mehlman Petrzela

Somehow, the belief that better physical, emotional, and spiritual health generates happier, more productive citizens is quickly becoming accepted as a fact in our culture, yet education has largely been moving in the opposite direction.