Monthly Archives: October 2003

organizing for civic ed

I was in New York City today, trying to help raise foundation money for a campaign to implement the recommendations of the Civic Mission of Schools report. (The last sentence contains far too many prepositions, but I’m too tired to … Continue reading

Posted in advocating civic education | Leave a comment

Democrats’ problem is not how they play the game

En route from Colorado to DC: I frequently talk to progressives who claim that Republicans and conservatives play the political game more skillfully (and roughly) than Democrats and liberals, which explains the success of the Right. Democrats would win if … Continue reading

Posted in revitalizing the left | 1 Comment

developmental psychology

Colorado Springs, CO: I’m at a conference of developmental psychologists, talking about service-learning. To repeat a definition used below, “service-learning” is some combination of community service with academic work on the same subject. Almost half of American high schools claim … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

justice-oriented citizens

I’m in the air, en route to Colorado Springs for a conference on service-learning and cognitive science. I’ll explain what that means once I’ve participating in some sessions and understand the topic better. Yesterday, I spoke at a conference sponsored … Continue reading

Posted in advocating civic education | 2 Comments

the Amish and freedom

We’re just back from a family weekend in Lancaster, PA–Amish country. It’s dispiriting to watch real Amish people walk or trot in waggons past huge Amish-themed tourist attractions. (One store is actually called “Amish Stuff Inc.”) Extreme simplicity seems to … Continue reading

Posted in philosophy | 1 Comment

a true public intellectual

In recent entries, I considered what might define a “public intellectual.” (I’m being interviewed on that topic for an article.) I then spent the last three days in the company of the Harvard political scientist Jane Mansbridge. To me, she … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

competing forms of deliberation

We are now two days into the “Researcher & Practitoner” meeting that I described yesterday. We tried to get consensus (among 40 people) on a set of factual statements about public deliberation that we could post on a website for … Continue reading

Posted in deliberation | Leave a comment

call for papers

I’m on my way to the National 4-H Center for a meeting organized by the Deliberative Democracy Consortium. We’re calling it a “Research & Practitioner Meeting,” because it combines leading scholars who study public deliberation with practitioners who run actual … Continue reading

Posted in deliberation | Leave a comment

the capabilities approach

I was just refreshing my memory about the “capabilities approach” pioneered by Amartya Sen, Martha Nussbaum, and others. (I have been asked to comment on a paper about “positive youth development,” and I thought that Sen’s ideas would be relevant … Continue reading

Posted in philosophy | Leave a comment

hard-headed research on service-learning

I am going to give a plenary address to the annual Service-Learning Research Conference in a few weeks. (“Service-learning” means a combination of community service with academic work on the same topic: a common approach today.) I’m going to argue … Continue reading

Posted in advocating civic education | Leave a comment