When we open ourselves up to those around us, asking for and offering help and support, we discover our strengths and passions we never knew we had. We begin to reconnect with our fellow human beings, with our wisest and most human instincts, and with the core of who we are, which we call our soul. -(Paul Rogat Loeb, Soul of a Citizen) The perennial problem for the scholar and educator is how to combine scholarly interests with classroom material. Academics have often been castigated for living in the "ivory tower," for being uninterested in the real world, and for being unable to connect with their students. One would think that this would be less so in a dynamic discipline like political science, but like other academics, many political scientists get caught up in covering theories without making those theories real for their students.
Dicklitch, Susan, "Real Service = Real Learning: Making Political Science Relevant Through Service-Learning" (2003). Service Learning, General. 218.