Grace (“Jinx”) Roosevelt

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To link learning with action to improve the world was Audrey Cohen’s lifelong purpose.
The article makes a case for retaining the study of foundational texts in education programs.
The article compares the international relations theory of two seminal political philosophers – John Rawls and Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

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Creating a College That Works: Audrey Cohen and Metropolitan College of New York
Part biography, part institutional history, Creating a College That Works records a feisty woman’s lasting contributions to education. Beginning in the 1960s, activist Audrey Cohen and her colleagues developed a unique curricular model that enables urban students to integrate their academic studies with meaningful work in community settings.

“Values Added: The Uses of Educational Philosophies in an Accelerated Teacher Education Program.”
Refereed journal article published in Educational Studies: A Journal of the American Educational Studies Association, Vol. 47, No. 6, November-December 2011, pp. 545-560.

The article reports on the ways that an educational philosophies course in a performance-based program enables teacher candidates to identify, reflect upon, and evaluate a wide range of educational purposes. The context for the report is an accelerated graduate program in childhood education at a small urban college where intensive fieldwork is required every semester and applied learning is the norm.

Using teacher candidates’ reactions to selected texts in the history of educational thought as evidence, the article aims to show that an encounter with provocative foundational ideas can promote effective value-formation and reflective analysis of educational practice.

“Rousseau vs. Rawls on International Relations”
Refereed journal article in The European Journal of Political Theory, Vol. 5, No. 3 (Summer 2006), pp. 301-320.

The article uses Rousseau’s little known responses to the Abbé de Saint-Pierre’s Project for Perpetual Peace and his fragments on ‘The State of War’ as a foil for Rawls’s claim that the international society he envisions in The Law of Peoples constitutes a “realistic utopia.” Most of the article focuses on comparing Rousseau’s and Rawls’s assumptions about human nature, but the final section also includes a brief discussion of their contrasting views of reason and the common good. The main conclusion is that in a post 9/11/01 world Rousseau may have more to teach us about the possibilities for international security than Rawls does, since Rousseau’s theory accounts for the moral corruptibility of both individuals and groups. The two philosophers agree, however, that the possibilities for international justice can only evolve out of the careful practice of local justice.