Monthly Archives: March 2003

following the war from Greece

We’re back from a week in Greece. This is a civic/political blog, not a personal diary, so I will refrain from describing our many adventures. I can, however, file a report on how the current war looks from Greece. A … Continue reading

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vacation

This blog is going on vacation as my family and I head off to Europe for ten days. I have some moral misgivings about vacationing abroad while people are being killed in the Middle East. I also feel some jitters … Continue reading

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talking about desegregation

Our high school students interviewed a white graduate of largely African American public schools in Prince George’s County (class of ’98). It was interesting to compare her experience to that of the African Americans who first attended the County’s all-White … Continue reading

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local government & online civil society

"Reduction in Civics Classes Mirrors Decline in Youth Vote": this is a pretty good article on youth civic engagement in yesterday’s Boston Globe. I gave a paper today at the American Society for Public Administration‘s Annual Conference, arguing that local … Continue reading

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liquid reason

We met over lunch with the founder of Liquid Reason, an interesting Website whose purpose is to teach young people social marketing. I also answered quite a few press calls that arose from yesterday’s press conference. Reporters are mainly interested … Continue reading

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the value of deliberating historical narrative

In our high school class, we spent almost two hours editing the text that accompanies the first seven pictures in this slideshow on the history of school desegregation in Prince George’s County. We had planned to cover much more ground, … Continue reading

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helping with a website

I’ve been spending a lot of time trying to improve the Prince George’s Information Commons history Webpage, which is modestly interactive. It’s still a work-in-progress. It reflects the contributions of our high school students, although I ended up doing most … Continue reading

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reading George W. Bush

I’ve been thinking a bit about various theories that eorge Bush is pursuing war for unstated motives, some nefarious and some honorable. These thought are prompted by a Michael Kinsley editorial and various conversations and email exchanges with friends. As … Continue reading

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local governments and independent civic websites

I’m beginning to think about my presentation at the American Society for Public Administration conference next Monday. (Click for the practical details.) My title is "Local Governments and Independent Civic Websites." I submitted the following abstract: "Communities benefit when they … Continue reading

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a day without blogging

My day was consumed with three activities that are not appropriate topics for a public/professional weblog: visiting my younger daughter’s nursery school; preparing a two-year budget for CIRCLE; and planning for a spring-break family vacation in Greece. This blog will … Continue reading

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