Monthly Archives: January 2003

a textbook idea

I’ve been writing my proposal for an innovative high school civics textbook. I’m tentatively calling it Civics for Citizens. Unlike any competing text, it will combine challenging academic content with exercises and materials designed to help students experience civic life … Continue reading

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the public interest media groups

I agreed today to serve on the dissertation committee of a graduate student who wants to study the political strategy of the "progressive" public-interest groups that lobby for changes in federal communications policy. These groups (the so-called "geektivists") are concerned … Continue reading

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an oral history interview

Our high school students interviewed a woman today who was one of only two African Americans at an all-White junior high school in 1956, and then the only one when her friend quit. She later chose to attend an all-Black … Continue reading

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the State of the Union

I’m less reflexively anti-Bush than many of my friends and family members, and I didn’t hate the State of the Union. But the "compassionate" parts are disturbing—as a reflection of our political culture, if not of George W. personally. The … Continue reading

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we need new civics texts

I’m working ineffectively on lots of separate projects, including trying to fix the NACE Website so that it works for older Web browsers. In between things, I’ve been writing a proposal for a new kind of high school civics textbook. … Continue reading

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state voter guides

I spent the morning discussing policies of the National Alliance for Civic Education. The meeting was at the American Political Science Association (APSA) headquarters near Dupont Circle in Washington. I love the building, which is an elegant, Victorian, stone row … Continue reading

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paid public service (etc.)

My first stop today was a meeting with people who counsel Maryland’s applicants for national scholarships, such as the Rhodes and Marshall. I advise our Rhodes applicants, partly because I want to level the playing field between this state university … Continue reading

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the value of studying history

As usual, the most interesting part of my day is working with the class of students at Northwestern High School. They interviewed a White teacher who had taught in the County schools from 1968 to the present, as his students … Continue reading

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standardizing medicine

A bad day for blogging, because I’m very busy with the technical details of preparing our joint report with the Carnegie Corporation, the Civic Mission of Schools. Choosing paper stock is not interesting to write about. I did quickly email … Continue reading

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with Volokh, Reynolds, and Balkin

A little more than two weeks ago, I moderated a panel at the Association of American Law Schools Conference. Two of the panelists were famous bloggers (so I’ll use their full names): Glenn Reynolds and Eugene Volokh. I had not … Continue reading

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