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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Saturday, November 28, 2020

Thank You

In this season of giving thanks and expressing gratitude, there is much I am thankful for. 

I am thankful for you, the readers of this blog, and thankful for all my readers in any medium. To have something you've written read by others is a great honor. 

I'm thankful for the expulsion from the presidency of my country a cloven-footed, grotesquely evil man. 

I'm thankful for my many friendships and deep relationships, which sustain me and give my life profound meaning. 

I'm thankful for teaching, which I fell into by dumb luck at 24. Teaching defines me and gives my life purpose, and I am fortunate beyond words that I love it as much now as I did upon discovering it. 

I am thankful to be able to write it gives me an absorbing craft and a way to be in the world.