Monthly Archives: April 2004

two interesting meetings

I actually had several interesting conversations today, but I’d like to mention two. First, I met Dr. Laxmi Ramasubramanian of the University of Illinois at Chicago. She helps to create exciting projects that involve residents–including young people–in mapping their communities … Continue reading

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why do we care about press coverage of Iraq?

There’s a very hot debate about the quality of news about Iraq. Some colleagues and students and I have created a special website with a lot of relevant information on that topic. I think the first step is to ask … Continue reading

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Christopher Kutz on Complicity

Yesterday, I went to the National Institutes of Health to hear Chris Kutz discuss his book, entitled Complicity: Ethics and Law for a Collective Age. Kutz sets himself the following problem. As a matter of common sense, I assume that … Continue reading

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the NAEP civics assessment

[update: At its May 2005 meeting, the National Assessments Governing Board increased the frequency of the NAEP Civics Assessment to every four years, twice the prior frequency of every eight years. This was a good decision, especially compared to the … Continue reading

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a blog appears in the Washington Post

The Post‘s “Outlook” section is completely devoted to opinion articles. Yesterday, the Outlook editors chose to reprint a portion of a blog. They didn’t use the word “blog.” Instead, the article began: Raphael Cohen-Almagor, director of the Center for Democratic … Continue reading

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embarrassment of riches

I don’t have an especially good CD collection. Nevertheless, I can listen any time I like to great performances of some of the most challenging and profound musical masterpieces ever written. I can half-listen to Casals play his heart out … Continue reading

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moderate “particularism”

Here is an argument for a moderate form of the philosophical position known as “particularism.” A full-blown particularist believes that whole situations are either good or bad; they can be validly judged. However, the separate qualities or aspects of situations … Continue reading

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the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools

A coalition has formed to advocate implementing the recommendations of the Civic Mission of Schools report across the United States. The coalition includes 42 individuals and groups, including such major stakeholders as both national teachers unions, the National Council for … Continue reading

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thinking about my generation

When I was younger, I resisted thinking of “Generation X” is an important part of my identity. This was partly a personal trait: to the best of my limited ability, I wanted to be mature and not to follow reflexively … Continue reading

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the “crisis of the left”: responses

I’d like to respond to several thoughtful comments that refer to my mini-essay on the crisis of the left. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the … Continue reading

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