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The Crisis of Authority

Roger Berkowitz discusses how a respect for authority and adulthood is integral to our ability to love ourselves and the world. Posted on 13 September 2014 | 9:55 am

Amor Mundi 2/16/14

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…Read more Amor Mundi 2/16/14 Posted on 17 February 2014 | 2:43 pm

Amor Mundi 9/15/13

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…Read more Amor Mundi 9/15/13 Posted on 16 September 2013 | 2:13 pm

Juvenile U

At Duke University and the University of North Carolina, two highly popular professors have transformed their course Think Again: How to Reason and Argue into a Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) that is taken by 170,000 people from all over the world at one time. This is old news. There is nothing to worry about…Read more Juvenile U Posted on 13 September 2013 | 1:18 pm

Imagine You Are a Nazi

Werner Feig was a gifted teacher at my high school from whom I learned European History and Constitutional Law. Along with his colleague—the astounding and inspirational Eric Rothschild—Mr. Feig made sure that me and my fellow students loved history, not simply that we knew it. He also made us uncomfortable. Feig lived history—fleeing Germany as…Read more Imagine You Are a Nazi Posted on 26 April 2013 | 4:25 pm

Water and Desert: Perspectives in Education

For two years I taught literature, reading and writing at a public university in one of New York City’s outer Boroughs. Of course having come out of a liberal arts “thinking” institution what I really thought (maybe hoped) I was teaching was new perspectives. Ironically, the challenge that most struck me was not administrative, nor…Read more Water and Desert: Perspectives in Education Posted on 27 March 2013 | 10:11 am

Learning From Crisis

“[T]here is another even more cogent reason for [the layman] concerning himself with a critical situation in which he is not immediately involved. And that is the opportunity, provided by the very fact of crisis—which tears away facades and obliterates prejudices—to explore and inquire into whatever has been laid bare of the essence of the…Read more Learning From Crisis Posted on 25 February 2013 | 11:40 am

Guided Into the World

“Heidegger is wrong: man is not “thrown” “in the world;” if we are thrown, then – no differently from animals – onto the earth. Man is precisely guided, not thrown, precisely for that reason his continuity arises and the way he belongs appears. Poor us, if we are thrown into the world!” “Heidegger hat unrecht:…Read more Guided Into the World Posted on 4 February 2013 | 11:50 am

The Flipped Classroom

For those of us who care about education, at either the college or high school level, there is nothing more exciting and terrifying today than the promise of the use of technology in teaching. At this moment, numerous companies around the country are working with high schools and colleges to create online courses, tutorials, and…Read more The Flipped Classroom Posted on 5 October 2012 | 5:12 pm

The Gap in American Skilled Labor

I flew back from Germany Friday and sat next to a young woman from Berlin. The young woman was attending Humboldt University and was studying to be a teacher. Like many in Germany, her undergraduate education was a professional one. On another plane between Zürich and Berlin I met a young man in a technical…Read more The Gap in American Skilled Labor Posted on 10 September 2012 | 12:23 pm