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Amor Mundi 7/13/14

This week, we recognize the value of life projects such as filmmaker Richard Linklater's "Boyhood," wonder about the meaning of public art, and celebrate education as an introduction to wonder for young people. Posted on 14 July 2014 | 12:00 pm

Amor Mundi 6/15/14

In this week's Amor Mundi, we discuss tenure and educational reform in the context of the recent court ruling in California, uncover a fresh look on the use of drones, and realize the non-event of the social utopia foretold by Karl Marx. Posted on 16 June 2014 | 11:26 am

Who Does Tenure Help?

For this week's Weekend Read, we discuss a California supreme-court judge's decision to strike down the CA tenure system, which leads us to ask larger questions about educational reform. Posted on 14 June 2014 | 2:17 pm

Democracy and Disagreement

In the wake of Mozilla C.E.O. Brendan Eich’s resignation over his support for California’s 2008 Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage and has since been overturned in court, Andrew Sullivan laments the process by which Eich was compelled to step down. In his post,  Sullivan, a gay man who has been making the conservative case for…Read more Democracy and Disagreement Posted on 9 April 2014 | 11:43 am

Amor Mundi – 6/2/13

Hannah Arendt considered calling her magnum opus Amor Mundi: Love of the World. Instead, she settled upon The Human Condition. What is most difficult, Arendt writes, is to love the world as it is, with all the evil and suffering in it. And yet she came to do just that. Loving the world means neither uncritical acceptance nor contemptuous…Read more Amor Mundi – 6/2/13 Posted on 4 June 2013 | 3:10 pm

MOOCs: The Debate Continues

After months in which university after university signed on to the bandwagon for Massive Open Online Courses called MOOCs, the battle over the future of education has finally begun. This week Duke University pulled out of EdX, the Harvard/MIT led consortium of Massive Open Online Courses called MOOC’s. The reason: Its faculty rebelled. According to…Read more MOOCs: The Debate Continues Posted on 3 May 2013 | 4:10 pm

Borrowing from Peter to Pay Paul

Stephanie A. Miner, the Mayor of Syracuse NY, has an important op-ed essay in The NY Times Thursday. Syracuse is one of hundreds of cities around the state and tens of thousands around the country that are struggling with the potentially disastrous effects of out-of-control pension costs. Where this crisis is heading can be seen…Read more Borrowing from Peter to Pay Paul Posted on 15 February 2013 | 10:23 am

The Pension Crisis in Cities

The Pew Center on the States issued a study this week that sheds further light on our municipal pension problems, a political crisis with strong Arendtian overones. Where most studies have focused on the enormous problems faced by states, this one focuses on cities: Cities employing nearly half of U.S. municipal workers saw their pension…Read more The Pension Crisis in Cities Posted on 17 January 2013 | 2:21 pm

What is a House?

Hannah Arendt spoke of having acquired, through her life, a “love of the world.” When writing about education she argues that “education is the point at which we decide whether we love the world enough to assume responsibility for it.” And in politics, she insists, we must care for and love the world more than…Read more What is a House? Posted on 16 November 2012 | 3:56 pm

Malaise in the Classroom: Teaching Secondary Students About the Presidency

The gap between our citizens and our Government has never been so wide. The people are looking for honest answers, not easy answers; clear leadership, not false claims and evasiveness and politics as usual. -Jimmy Carter,  July 15, 1979 Contemporary observers of secondary education have appropriately decried the startling lack of understanding most students possess…Read more Malaise in the Classroom: Teaching Secondary Students About the Presidency Posted on 2 October 2012 | 11:01 am