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How do we help our students acquire academic knowledge as well as develop public skills to address and solve problems in the world? Additionally, how do we give students hope that their skills and talents can be used to make the world and their communities safer, more sustainable and productive? These are central questions of Jesuit education. The American community organizer Saul Alinsky and the community organizing tradition that he founded have some things to offer us in our attempts to provide academic and public skills as well as hope to our students. Through a brief examination of Alinsky’s career and an explanation of the world view of community organizing as articulated in his most famous book, Rules for Radicals, this paper demonstrates that Alinsky and his ideas can enhance our project as Jesuit educators.



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