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Thanks for looking me up.

Currently, I work as an independent scholar, writing and creating a website about education and formative experience. For 50 years, I studied and taught at Columbia University, retiring from the Teachers College faculty in 2011 as Weinberg Professor Emeritus in the Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education.

Having lived reflectively, I've formed, and am still forming, a few ideas I'd like to share, now primarily through the project here, A Place to Study, which I'm busy prototyping. It will provide inclusive, well-organized resources for study by persons seeking self-formation and liberal learning in the digital commons. It's a complex project, developing slowly, looking a bit finished here, a mess there. Explore it as you wish and speak out on it too. A production version will go online in mid 2023.

Here are couple recent publications:

  • In a long essay, Formative Justice (2019), I advance a theory of justice to help people guide their self-education, and I suggest dumping efforts to reform educational institutions in order to foment an educational reformation, each person following her inner light.
  • And in a long essay, "Dewey in His Skivvies: The Trouble with Reconstruction," I explain how educational philosophers are inflating John Dewey's deserved reputation and thereby misdirect current educational theory (published in Educational Theory (67:5, 2017).

And here are some earlier books and essays that each in its way still has some currency:

Recently, Avi Mintz, Ellen Lagemann, David Mathews, Walter Feinberg, Bertram C. Bruce, and Grace Roosevelt honored me with a Festschrift on my work in Educational Theory (68:3, 2018).

You can get the details of my academic career from " my CV, which lists all the usual stuff. It also links to the full-text of most of what I’ve published and to documents about some activities I've initiated.

In 2011, Joe Levine, a good writer working for Teachers College, did a profile about me as "The Accidental Technologist". And in 2007, I told [1] my story in a few pages —what I then anticipated hasn’t quite panned out, but it is true enough in spirit.

I've given up on Facebook & Twitter--too much distraction, deception and exploitation. I'm still on web 2.0, however, shy and reticent, at " LinkedIn, " Academia, " LibraryThing, and " Goodreads.

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\Robbie McClintock