About the Blog

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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Monday, March 5, 2018

A Podcast on Working-class Students and the Purpose of a College Education

"Have You Heard" is a first-rate podcast on education hosted by Jennifer Berkshire and Jack Schneider. Schneider is an historian of education, and Berkshire is a journalist and blogger who has covered education reform for years. Last month they interviewed me on the topic of working-class students and the reasons why they go to college. Berkshire and Schneider do a nice job with production, so I think you'll enjoy this podcast, and I encourage you to check out the many other important topics they have covered.

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