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  •  It's a word with many meanings. (3+ / 0-)
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    northsylvania, wishingwell, erratic

    I thought maybe the diary would be about Plato or about Obama pie fights, but it was neither.

    I understood what she meant as soon as she brought up Camus's The Plague.  Dealing with the intractable problems of the here and now at a very local level.  Not confusing that things more esoteric and theoretical and removed from actual real world contact.

    •  Exactly. (8+ / 0-)

      Existentialism is a good overall philosophy when dealing with social work. Compared with some social workers I've met who were so burnt out as to be adversarial with their clients, the diarist holds out hope in the form of enduring adversity for the sake of helping in whatever limited way one can.
      As an ex-teacher I had some contempt for the EdD who was sparklingly enthusiastic about teaching pedagogy, when she herself had been able to stand one year of high schoolers before escaping to the much easier job of teaching at a private university. However, I came to realise that her enthusiasm was infectious and many students from her classes went on to be excellent secondary school teachers. In fact the department collapsed when she moved on simply because all of the other profs were too jaded by experience to show teaching as anything but soul destroying.
      As Meteor Blades commented, you need both idealists and the people who understand how to be effective practitioners, at least until we have enough saints that are both.

      You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes. -Mother Jones

      by northsylvania on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 05:29:53 AM PDT

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