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I will post a new entry every few weeks. Some will be new writing and some will be past work that has relevance today. The writing will deal in some way with the themes that have been part of my teaching and writing life for decades:

•teaching and learning;
•educational opportunity;
•the importance of public education in a democracy;
•definitions of intelligence and the many manifestations of intelligence in school, work, and everyday life; and
•the creation of a robust and humane philosophy of education.

If I had to sum up the philosophical thread that runs through my work, it would be this: A deep belief in the ability of the common person, a commitment to educational, occupational, and cultural opportunity to develop that ability, and an affirmation of public institutions and the public sphere as vehicles for nurturing and expressing that ability.

My hope is that this blog will foster an online community that brings people together to continue the discussion.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Two Podcasts


            I want to tell you about two podcasts that are now available.
            One is an interview with me about The Mind at Work conducted by Barry Daniel from the U.K. You can access it here.
            The other is from an interview I did a few years back with David Freudberg for the NPR show “Humankind.” It focuses on Possible Lives. You can access it here.
            The interviews are 30-40 minutes long, and both Daniel and Freudberg are thoughtful interviewers.
            I hope you enjoy these podcasts.

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