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Public Service Summer School For Rising Juniors, Seniors & 2017 High School Grads
Formation of The SDI School Of Public Service
The SDI Summer School of Public Service is a tremendous synthesis of experience and learning. At the heart of this synthesis is the career of Dr Joseph Arminio, who is the lead designer and top instructor of the School. He studied statesmanship, principally via the doctoral program at MIT. He also worked with and observed national-level leaders, some of whom were in Congress or in government agencies or flag officers or corporate executives doing business with the federal government. For good measure, he observed still more national-level leaders and mostly state-level leaders, care of the publication of a Maryland-based political-economic tabloid. The fulcrum of the School is his own congressional campaign and, in 2007-2008, he stood for the US House, intending to represent a district in Maryland. Something like the paideia informed the campaign and the rudiments of the critical thinking methodology that the School now uses emerged out of the campaign. See below. Thereafter was the refinement and very substantial expansion of the methodology. Above all, there has been the placement of the methodology in the widest possible context and it has been necessary to contemplate statesmanship and American statecraft against the background of 4000 years of history. The faculty that SDI has been assembling, not to mention the interaction with students in the previous three years, rounds it all out.

More About The Aforementioned Fulcrum
Dr Arminio ran a methodical congressional campaign, somewhat after the fashion of the paideia. His first order of business was strictly informational and there was this immense marshaling of history that the public could use. Thus, he identified and recorded the trajectory of major US public policies, such as fiscal, foreign, trade and immigration policies, since 1776, discerned trends, and accounted for inflection points or major changes in these policies. In laying out the trajectory of policies, original sources were relied upon as much as possible. With this crucial information in hand, conclusions were drawn and policy reform recommended. This exercise consumed six months of the campaign and yielded a 144 page book. Another six months remained before the primary. No small part of this time was spent assembling and publishing three substantial editions of his campaign tabloid, wherein the public policy prescriptions of his opponents were mapped and compared to his own. He did not win the primary but his campaign was a success all the same. He had rendered a major public service.

The Upshot Of It All
The SDI School of Public Service is an effort to enhance the critical thinking and stir the creativity of tomorrow’s leaders.