Monthly Archives: September 2003

exemplary projects in civic renewal

Dr. Henry Tam has just been named "Head of Civil Renewal" in the British Government’s Home Affairs Department. He emailed a list of people to ask their advice about excellent projects in the US. I gave him my quick "top-ten … Continue reading

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ideology and civic ed

The most passionately debated question in civic education is how to present the overall story of American history in schools. Is it a march toward freedom and democracy, a blood-soaked tale of oppression, or something in between? I can see … Continue reading

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Moussaoui prosecution

(On the way to Macon, GA): The government is moving to dismiss all charges against Zacarias Moussaoui, who is accused of being the 20th hijacker on 9/11—the co-conspirator who couldn’t actually fly a plane because he was already in custody. … Continue reading

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imprisonment in the USSR and the USA

According to a scholarly article cited here, there were between 2 million and 2.5 million people in Soviet prisons and camps every year between 1938 and 1953. The current population in US jails plus prisons also exceeds 2 million (Bureau … Continue reading

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no blogging today

CIRCLE has received more than 250 letters of inquiry responding to our three Requests for Proposals, which all had deadlines of last Friday. Today, reading letters, not blogging, is my clear civic duty. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend … Continue reading

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patriotism and civic

Some people who talk or write about civic education insist that the United States has the very best democracy (or society) in the world. In my opinion, the US is one of a few dozen polities that stand head-and-shoulders above … Continue reading

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Congressional Conference on Civic Education

I spoke today at the first annual Congressional Conference on Civic Education, which was attended by delegations from all fifty states, including state legislators, educators, and executive branch officials. I had served on the advisory committee for the conference, so … Continue reading

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the many Bachs

For some reason, I was thinking about all the dramatically different ways in which people have seen and admired J.S. Bach since his own day. There is Bach as a virtuouso improviser, the man who could sit down at a … Continue reading

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the Net and participation

Right now, Hurricane Isabel is howling around us and most work has ceased. The University has taken its server down, blessedly cutting off my email. Yesterday afternoon, when the skies were still clear, I met with Marty Kearns of Green … Continue reading

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mapping with kids

We’ve made it past the first stage of a grant competition to provide funds for our local mapping work with high school kids. That’s great news, except that now I have to write a full proposal on short notice. Among … Continue reading

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