Actualités

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Contemporary educational practices shortchange the development of the inner life of persons in favor of modestly preparing people for economic and civic life. As a result, people feel vulnerable, anxious, and adrift without a vision of a more meaningful future. Our cultural circumstances actually encompass significant resources for supporting the nurture of a person's inner strengths. A Place to Study will facilitate their fuller activation.

In French, actualité expresses things we would call "news," topical things, current developments, all with a sense of their actuality, their real presence. Hence "fake news" is a difficult concept to express in French.

Here on A Place to Study we want to situate under the heading "Actualités" something more that listings of "what's new"or "trending topics." Study, particularly study leading to self-formation and liberal learning, are not high-visibility matters in contemporary life. We seek to cultivate and expand their precence, but doing so in a merely hortatory way won't go very far. These topics, we think, have a real presence in contelmporary life, an ostensible presence too often overlooked, and a "presence of ommission" evident in destructive tendencies in contemporary culture, the "deaths of despair" and nihilistic willfulness in the uses of power.


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Possibility, not predictionSomethin' your ownThe visionLook left—Where? What? How? Who? Why? Those are key modes of lived experience. Each differs, but together they they indicate what's involved in our doing what we do. You determine what's next by choosing your preferred path—over time, it will loop through them all.Disclosing the comons"Civilization, to a certain extent, can be reduced to the word WELCOME."—Stanley Crouch (2001).IntractingStudy_Self-formation_Liberal-learningActualitésFive questions shaping educational practice