Monthly Archives: July 2003

bloggers of Maryland

As far as I can tell, there are only two other full-fledged faculty bloggers at the University of Maryland. However, maybe others will come forward, since a Google search for "University Maryland faculty blog" should now turn up my site. … Continue reading

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research, not documentation

At several meetings that I have attended recently, I’ve heard about young people or poor people who have "documented" some asset, problem, or activity. It occurs to me that academics and other professional researchers "document" things only as a first … Continue reading

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rethinking sanctions compared to war

David Rieff wrote an important article in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine entitled, “Were Sanctions Right?” Rieff quotes Gen. Brent Scowcroft, who says that the sanctions “worked in the sense that [Saddam] was never able to rebuild his conventional army. … Continue reading

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liberalism and republicanism in the classroom

I’m just back from Chestertown, MD (a really nice colonial town where George Washington slept a lot). I was there to teach some elementary-through-high-school teachers about classical liberalism versus civic republicanism. The teachers are folks who use the "We the … Continue reading

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save Americorps!

Steve Culbertson of Youth Service America is circulating this message: If you can only make one call today, call the White House (202-456-1414) and inform them what the supplemental funding to avoid drastic cuts to AmeriCorps this year means to … Continue reading

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civic engagement in “the projects”

I was in New York City today, meeting with people who help young people play serious roles in HUD’s HOPE VI program. This is the program that tears down very troubled federal housing projects—usually dense clusters of crime-ridden high-rises—and replaces … Continue reading

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against intuitionism

I’m still in Indianapolis at the Kettering Foundation retreat. Meanwhile, here’s something I’ve been thinking about lately: Most moral philosophers appeal to intuitions as the test of an argument’s validity. At the same time, they presume that our moral judgments … Continue reading

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some pedantry

I’m en route to Indianapolis for the summer retreat of the Kettering Foundation. Here is a completely unrelated and pedantic issue, but I have to get it off my chest. There is (or should be) no such word as "syllabi." … Continue reading

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historians on the civic ed. bill

This is from the National Coalition for History (NCH) Washington update: We now have some additional information and some troubling news … The Senate appropriations committee recommends a program increase of $15 million specifically for the President Bush’s "We the … Continue reading

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a civics textbook

It’s looking increasingly likely that I will write a short, commissioned book between now and mid-September: an introduction to issues and ideologies for first-time voters. Getting it done by then will be a sprint, but I think it will be … Continue reading

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