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Leading Students Into the World

The authority of teachers lies, at least in part, in their ability to set aside judging and to present the world as it is to their students. Posted on 10 January 2016 | 8:00 pm

Amor Mundi 9/14/14

In this week's Amor Mundi, we recognize the similarities between art and athleticism, reflect on President Obama's unexpected embrace of unilateralism, examine human relationships in an increasingly mechanized world, and much more. Posted on 15 September 2014 | 11:30 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

Amor Mundi 3/30/14

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 3/30/14 Posted on 31 March 2014 | 12:04 pm

Teaching Arendtian Thinking

“The teacher’s qualification consists in knowing the world and being able to instruct others about it, but his authority rests on his assumption of responsibility for that world. Vis-à-vis the child it is as though he were a representative of all adult inhabitants, pointing out the details and saying to the child: This is our…Read more Teaching Arendtian Thinking Posted on 6 January 2014 | 11:16 am

Hannah Arendt on Education and Excellence

  “Neither education nor ingenuity nor talent can replace the constituent elements of the public realm, which make it the proper place for human excellence.” -Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition I am proud to attend a college that envisions education as a life devoted to intellectual excellence. I am also proud of the fact that…Read more Hannah Arendt on Education and Excellence Posted on 30 September 2013 | 1:32 pm

Failing Fast: The Educated Citizen in Crisis

On Thursday and Friday Oct. 3-4, the Hannah Arendt Center will host its 6th Annual International Conference, “Failing Fast: The Educated Citizen in Crisis.” At a time of blistering technological and cultural change, reformers want schools to prepare students for the future—but which future? And despite the polarizing polemics over curricular change and the learned arguments…Read more Failing Fast: The Educated Citizen in Crisis Posted on 27 September 2013 | 12:07 pm

Labor and Summer Vacation

“There is no lasting happiness outside the prescribed cycle of painful exhaustion and pleasurable regeneration, and whatever throws this cycle out of balance – poverty and misery where exhaustion is followed by wretchedness instead of regeneration, or great riches and an entirely effortless life where boredom takes the place of exhaustion and where the mills…Read more Labor and Summer Vacation Posted on 10 June 2013 | 12:27 pm

Amor Mundi 4/28/13

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 4/28/13 Posted on 29 April 2013 | 2:29 pm

Amor Mundi 3/24/13

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 3/24/13 Posted on 25 March 2013 | 12:13 pm