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November 25, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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NY Times Editors Need To Read Hannah Arendt (or “The Best Commentaries On The NY Times Article ‘Normalizing’ A Nazi”)

A week after this post originally appeared, I thought it was important enough to convert it into a “Best” list and added more links at the bottom to important commentaries on the article

The New York Times today published a profile of a Nazi living in the United States today that portrayed him as typical guy who just happened to have white supremacist views.

The article was originally headlined “In America’s Heartland, The Nazi Sympathizer Next Door” and then was changed in the online version to “A Voice of Hate In America’s Heartland” (see tweet below). I’m assuming an editor made that change in a welcome, but feeble, attempt to communicate in the headline what the article should have, but did not, communicate.

The article clearly demonstrates what Hannah Arendt called “the banality of evil” (see Quote Of The Day: Hannah Arendt & The Origin Of Evil and Video: “Hannah Arendt” — The Movie (& The Importance Of Reflection).

What it does not do, and which makes it shocking that it made it into the Times, is that it does not name it as evil. It’s a simple profile that makes it seem normal, does not include any discussion of its dangers, shares no critical voices, does not talk about how it should be confronted.

For an alternative model of how to do a profile of a Nazi, see The Atlantic’s article, The Making of an American Nazi.

I’m thinking about how I can use both articles, or portions of each, in my IB Theory of Knowledge class. All ideas are welcome.

(Boy, The Atlantic is fast! Three hours after The Times story was published, they came out with a parody)

This Twitter “thread,” which you can see by clicking on the tweet itself, is a great commentary on the article:

October 14, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Hannah Arendt Was Born On This Day In 1906 – Here Are Resources About Her Life & How I Use Them In Class

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Writer Hannah Arendt was born on this day in 1906.

Here are previous posts I’ve written about her:

Quote Of The Day: Hannah Arendt & The Origin Of Evil

Video: “Hannah Arendt” — The Movie (& The Importance Of Reflection)

Two Minutes Of Silence For Sergeant Anton Schmidt

December 4, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Hannah Arendt Died On This Day In 1975 – Here Are Resources About Her Life & How I Use Them In Class

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Writer Hannah Arendt died on this day in 1975.

 

Here are previous posts I’ve written about her:

Quote Of The Day: Hannah Arendt & The Origin Of Evil

Video: “Hannah Arendt” — The Movie (& The Importance Of Reflection)

Two Minutes Of Silence For Sergeant Anton Schmidt

October 14, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Hannah Arendt Was Born On This Day In 1906 – Here Are Resources About Her Life & How I Use Them In Class

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Writer Hannah Arendt was born on this day in 1906.

Here are previous posts I’ve written about her:

Quote Of The Day: Hannah Arendt & The Origin Of Evil

Video: “Hannah Arendt” — The Movie (& The Importance Of Reflection)

Two Minutes Of Silence For Sergeant Anton Schmidt

July 7, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: Hannah Arendt & The Origin Of Evil

I’ve previously posted about how much I admire the work of Hannah Arendt, and how I’ve used it to help my students discover the importance of self-reflection (it’s also made-to-order for IB Theory of Knowledge classes). Her work was also very important to me during my nineteen year career as a community organizer and our wariness, which I continue to have, of any and all ideologues (particularly their unwillingness to compromise).

Today’s New York Times has an exceptional essay on her work. Here’s an excerpt:

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Here’s another portion that elaborates on the point:

That evil, Arendt argued, originates in the neediness of lonely, alienated bourgeois people who live lives so devoid of higher meaning that they give themselves fully to movements. It is the meaning Eichmann finds as part of the Nazi movement that leads him to do anything and sacrifice everything. Such joiners are not stupid; they are not robots. But they are thoughtless in the sense that they abandon their independence, their capacity to think for themselves, and instead commit themselves absolutely to the fictional truth of the movement. It is futile to reason with them. They inhabit an echo chamber, having no interest in learning what others believe.

It seems to me to speak to many situations in our public life today. What do you think?

May 27, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: “Hannah Arendt” — The Movie (& The Importance Of Reflection)

In both my community organizing and teaching careers, I’ve often cited the work of Hannah Arendt and “the banality of evil” as an example of why we need to promote reflection.

Here’s what I described the connection in my first book on teaching ELLs — English Language Learners: Teaching Strategies That Work:

Organizers often cite the work of philosopher Hannah Arendt when they talk about the importance of reflection. Arendt wrote a book after she observed the trial of Adolf Eichmann, the architect of the Holocaust. She shared that she had expected to see a monster. Instead, she was shocked to see a man who was mechanical, bureaucratic, and thoughtless. She began thinking that evil was more the result of the absence of thinking and reflection, which she described in a famous phrase as the “banality of evil.”

Though Eichmann is obviously an extreme case, this point is important for those of us who are not perpetrating evil, too. If we don’t think and reflect, we can be mechanical and live our lives by a formula. We can fail to calculate the consequences of what we do, and we can make the same mistakes over and over again that can lead to personal and, sometimes, social destructiveness. We can learn the facts, but miss the opportunity to develop an understanding.

A movie has come out
about Hanneh Arendt, and I’m looking forward to seeing it.

Here’s a New York Times article about it, and two video clips (I think only the first one will come through on an RSS Reader):

December 22, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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December’s “Best” Lists – There Are Now 1,831 Of Them

Here’s my regular round-up of new “The Best…” lists I posted this month (you can see all 1,831 of them categorized here):

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Art & Music

The Best Year In Review Features — 2017

NY Times Editors Need To Read Hannah Arendt (or “The Best Commentaries On The NY Times Article ‘Normalizing’ A Nazi”)

The Best Resources For Learning About The Code Talkers

A Collection Of My Best Resources On Classroom Management

The Best Ideas For Helping Students Connect Lessons To Their Interests & The World

The Best Social Emotional Learning Resources Of 2017

The Best Ed Tech Resources Of 2017

The Best Collections Of Infographics, Charts & Maps – 2017

My Most Popular BAM! Radio Shows Of The Year – 2017

“The Best Classroom Q & A Posts In 2017”

The Best Visualizations Of Story Arcs

The Best Resources On Ferdinand The Bull

New & Updated: Recommendations For Who To Follow On Twitter In 2018

Nine Not Very Optimistic Education Predictions For 2018

The Best Posts On The Nature/Nurture Debate

The Best Reports On The New “Lost Einsteins” Study

All The “Best” Lists Appearing In 2017

A Collection Of My Best Resources On Parent Engagement

A Collection Of My Best Resources On Student Motivation

A Collection Of My Best Resources On Teaching English Language Learners

The Best “Words Of The Year” Features For 2017

The best and worst education news in 2017

The Best Videos For Learning & Teaching About Net Neutrality

 

 

December 4, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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All The “Best” Lists Appearing In 2017

I’ve posted over 1,800 “Best” lists during the past ten years, work hard at keeping them updated.

You can see all of them categorized here, and listed in chronological order here.

I thought readers might find it interesting to see a list, with links, to all the ones published during this calendar year.

I’m adding this post to All 2017 “Best” Lists – In One Place!

Here they are:

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About “Feelings”

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Space & Planets

The Best Resources For Helping ELLs Learn About U.S. Money

A Beginning List Of The Best Resources On The Women’s March

The Best Sites For Learning About The Presidential Inauguration – 2017

The Best Resources On Providing Scaffolds To Students

A Look Back: 2015’s Best Posts From This Blog

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Animals

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Jobs

The Best Resources For Learning About The Spanish-American War

The Best Resources For Learning About President Trump’s Executive Orders On Immigration & Refugees

The Best Videos For Learning About Civil Disobedience

The Best “Around The World” Videos

The Best Resources On The Trump Administrations New Immigration Enforcement Policies

Tenth Anniversary Of This Blog — What Have Been My Most Popular Posts? (Part One)

Part Two: Tenth Anniversary Of This Blog — What Have Been My Most Popular Posts?

A Look Back: 2016’s Best Posts From This Blog

All My BAM! Radio Shows About English Language Learners

The Best Random Acts Of Kindness Videos

The Best Videos For Learning About The Scientific Method

A Beginning List Of The Best Resources For Fighting Islamophobia In Schools

The Best Resources On The Latest Travel Ban By The Trump Administration

The Best Resources For Learning About Teacher Action Research – Help Me Find More

The Best Practical Resources For Helping Teachers, Students & Families Respond To Immigration Challenges

The Thirty-Seven “All-Time” Best Lists

The Best Resources On Classroom Seating Strategies

A Beginning List Of The Best Resources On Virtual Reality In Education

The Oscars Are Awarded This Sunday – Here Are All My “Best” Lists Related To Movies

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Health

The Best Resources Explaining Why We Need To Support The Home Language Of ELLs

The Best Resources On The Cassini Spacecraft

The Best Resources On The Famine Threatening 20 Million People & How To Help

The Best Resources Showing Conflicts Around The World

All My BAM! Radio Shows About Social Emotional Learning

The Best Resources On Helping Students Make Good Decisions

The Best Articles, Posts & Videos On John Hattie’s Research

The Best Resources On Social Capital In Schools

All My BAM! Radio Shows About Classroom Management

The Best Resources For Learning About The Issue Of “Learning Styles”

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2017 – So Far

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Opposites

All My Thematic “Best” Lists For Beginning ELLs – In One Place!

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Community, Signs & Transportation

The Best Online Learning Games Of 2017 – So Far

The Best Science Sites Of 2017 – So Far

The Best Resources For Learning & Teaching About Malcolm X

The Best Social Studies Sites Of 2017 – So Far

A Beginning List Of The Best Resources For Teaching & Learning About The North Korea Missile Crisis

The Best Resources On Class Instruction In 2017 – So Far

The Best Guest Posts Appearing On This Blog In 2017 – So Far

The Best Resources For Learning About Cognitive Bias

The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2017 – So Far

All Mid-Year 2017 “Best” Lists In One Place

Most Popular Posts From This Blog In 2017 – So Far

My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2017 – So Far

The Best Videos For Educators In 2017 – So Far

The Best Resources For Learning About The Value Of “Self-Explanation”

The Best Ways To Handle Fidget Spinners

The Twenty-Five Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2017 – So Far

The Best Advice On Protecting Our Digital Info

The Best Resources For Learning About The Seasons Of The Year

A Beginning List For Learning About The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics

A Beginning List For Learning About The 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics

The Best Suggestions On Ways Teachers Can Sanely Approach PD Over The Summer & Still Have Time To Relax

A Collection Of Resources On “Tricky” Teacher Topics

The Best Resources For Examining “Privilege”

The Best Resources For Learning How Repeal Of Obamacare Will Affect Students & Schools

The Best Articles I’ve Written In 2017 – So Far

The Best Theory Of Knowledge Resources In 2017 – So Far

My Favorite Posts In 2017 – So Far

“The Best Q&A Posts of 2017 – So Far”

My Ten Best BAM! Radio Shows In 2017 – So Far

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2017 – So Far

The Best Articles (& Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2017 – So Far

The Best Resources & Ideas For Using Sound Effects In ELL Lessons

The Best Sites For ELLs To Practice Online Dictation

The Best Videos For Content Teachers With ELLs In Their Classes – Please Suggest More

The Best Resources On Co-Teaching With ELLs – Please Suggest More

The Best Resources For Learning About The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

The Best – Or, At Least, The Most Interesting – Resources About Ben Franklin

The Best Sites Where Students Can Transcribe Historical Texts

The Best Resources On Developing A Sense Of Community In The Classroom

The Best Resources On The Idea Of Evaluating Teacher “Input” Instead Of Student “Output”

The Best Harry Potter Teaching & Learning Resources

The Best Examples Of ELL Student Writing

The Best Online Homework Sites For English Language Learners – Please Offer Your Own Suggestions

The Best Resources For Teaching About Confederate Monuments

Resources For Learning About #Charlottesville

The Best Resources For Learning About Proposed Changes To U.S. “Legal” Immigration Policy

The Best Resources For Planning “Learning Stations” – Please Add More

The Best Parent Engagement Resources For Immigrant Families

The Best Resources For Teaching Students The Differences Between A Good & Bad Slide

The Best Sites Where Students Can Learn Typing/Keyboarding

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Months, Seasons & Days Of The Week

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Numbers

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Clothes

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About The Weather

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn Colors

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn Vocabulary About The Human Body

The Best Advice To Content Teachers About Supporting English Language Learners

The Best Resources For Teaching & Learning About The National Anthem Protests

The Best Resources For Learning About The “Little Rock 9”

The Best Way To Assist Earthquake & Hurricane Victims

The Best Resources For Learning About The Rohingya Refugee Crisis

The Best Resources For Learning About Hurricane Harvey

The Best Ways To Help Victims Of Hurricane Harvey

The Best Resources For Learning About School Dress Codes

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Family

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Holidays

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2017 – Part Two

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Halloween & The Day Of The Dead

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Computers – Help Me Find More

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Months, Seasons & Days Of The Week

The Best Online Learning Games Of 2017 – Part Two

The Best Science Sites Of 2017 – Part Two

The Best Sites Where Students Can Ask Science Questions & Receive Responses

The Best Sites For Learning About Weather

The Best Social Studies Sites Of 2017 – Part Two

The Best Videos Explaining “Intersectionality”

The Best Resources For Teaching & Learning About The Santa Rosa Fires (& How To Help Victims)

The Twenty Most Popular Posts From This Blog In 2017

The Best Resources On Class Instruction In 2017 – Part Two

The Best Advice For Student Teachers & Their Collaborating Teachers

The Best Resources For Learning About Retrieval Practice

My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2017 – Part Two

The 50 Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2017

All 2017 “Best” Lists – In One Place!

The Best Videos For Educators In 2017 – Part Two

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2017 – Part Two

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Food

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Home

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Christmas

The Best Resources For Learning What Caused The Civil War

The Best Resources For Learning About Martin Luther On The 500th Anniversary Of The “95 Theses”

The Best Teaching Resources For The Movie, “Coco”

The Best Collections Of Instructional Strategies

The Best Ways To Talk With Someone Who Disagrees With You

My “All-Time” Favorite BAM! Radio Episodes

The Best Articles (& Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2017 – Part Two

The Best Interactive “Copy-Edit This!” Grammar Quizzes In The New York Times

New & Updated: Recommendations For Who To Follow On Twitter In 2018

A Very Beginning List Of “Best” Videos Using Emotion To Manipulate – Please Suggest More

The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2017 – Part Two

My Nine Best BAM! Radio Shows In 2017 – Part Two

The Best Resources For Learning About “Nudges” In Schools

My Favorite Posts In 2017 – Part Two

A Collection Of My Best Resources On Parent Engagement

A Collection Of My Best Resources On Student Motivation

A Collection Of My Best Resources On Teaching English Language Learners

The Best Resources For Learning About The Code Talkers

The Best “Words Of The Year” Features For 2017

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Art & Music

NY Times Editors Need To Read Hannah Arendt (or “The Best Commentaries On The NY Times Article ‘Normalizing’ A Nazi”)

The best and worst education news in 2017

The Best Videos For Learning & Teaching About Net Neutrality

 

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