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history and race as seen by young and old

An article in yesterday’s Washington Post begins, “Ask older residents of historic North Brentwood their recollections of the town, and they go into a reverie about kids playing house-to-house and about how the town was self-contained with businesses and shops. … Continue reading

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youth mapping this summer

This summer, my colleagues and I will help run a pilot course for adolescents in Prince George’s County, MD. We will teach these young people to identify issues or problems that they want to address, and then “map” the networks … Continue reading

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a learning community experiment

I’m interested in the following ideas and I’m thinking about a true experiment that could help to test them: 1. Education is not just what happens to kids inside schools. A whole community should be involved in educating all of … Continue reading

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youth-led research on obesity and immigration

There is a cool new movie on the Prince George’s Information Commons website that students created as part of a project that I directed. You can click here to view it, but first, some background …. More than a year … Continue reading

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the latest on our local work

For the last year, with generous support from the National Geographic Foundation, my colleagues and I have been working with high school kids to study the environmental causes of obesity in their community and display the results on public maps … Continue reading

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kids’ voices

I spent today listening to kids–16 boisterous, funny adolescents from the nearby high school. We had recruited them to talk about their experiences as immigrants (or migrants), and how their eating habits had changed as they had moved to Maryland … Continue reading

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youth research as civic education

Today, I?ll be working with two groups of young people who are involved in community research: my undergraduate ?Leaders for Tomorrow? (who are still in the planning stages of their project), and high school students who are taping interviews with … Continue reading

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progress toward an information commons

Since 2002, some colleagues and I have been working slowly to create an “information commons” for Prince George’s County, MD. A real information commons would be a voluntary association devoted to creating public goods and putting them online. These goods … Continue reading

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food for thought

Here is a strange statistical result. My colleagues and I have been teaching high school students to investigate the causes of obesity in their community—as a form of civic education. This fall, they are going to conduct and tape interviews … Continue reading

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geographic information systems (GIS) in civic ed

Yesterday was our last class at the high school for this academic year. We brought along some maps (based on data that the students had collected) that showed aspects of the community that may affect young residents’ health. In particular, … Continue reading

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