Monthly Archives: January 2006

on culture and poverty

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0“The central conservative truth,” Senator Moynihan famously wrote, “is that it is culture, not politics, that determines the success of a society. The central liberal truth is that politics can change a culture and save it from … Continue reading

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love where you are

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0In Fort Worth last Friday, I spoke about the importance of civic engagement. I was followed by a series of local officials (the superintendent of schools, the public safety commissioner, a county commissioner, a former mayor, and … Continue reading

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cliches of civic engagement

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’m on my way to Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, where I’ll be speaking about–what else?–youth civic engagement. I’m happy to support the launch of TCU’s Center for Civic Literacy. I hope that my speech does … Continue reading

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talking about “social justice” in education

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0In conversations about civic education, service-learning, and youth civic engagement, people often ask whether the purpose of what we’re doing is “social justice.” Lately I’ve been responding as follows: 1. The phrase social justice (which has roots … Continue reading

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the sincerest form of flattery

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0So, I’m ego-surfing as usual, and what do I come across? A term paper about an article (pdf) that I wrote–for sale at $31.95. The summary and excerpt of the term paper are poorly written and highly … Continue reading

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overcoming polarization?

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Dan Yankelovich (chairman and co-founder of Public Agenda) has published a new book on polarization, which is excerpted online. The excerpt argues that Americans aren’t all that deeply divided between liberals and conservatives. According to Yankelovich’s polls, … Continue reading

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opportunity for youth work in New Orleans

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0“Common Cents is offering grants up to $20,000 for projects that will contribute to an inclusive and just recovery from Hurricane Katrina. Preference will be given to service or advocacy projects that either involve young people meaningfully … Continue reading

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journalists still matter

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’ve come from Ohio to New York City for a meeting on “Media and Communications at the Crossroads: The Role of Scholarship for Media Justice and Reform.” At the meeting, my friend Lew Friedland just argued that … Continue reading

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so which is it?

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 01. From Matthew A. Crenson and Benjamin Ginsberg, Downsizing Democracy: How America Sidelined its Citizens and Privatized its Public (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003), p. 236: Contemporary elites have found that they need not engage in the … Continue reading

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another week, another Miami

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Today I’ll travel to Miami University in Oxford, OH, having been in that other Miami not more than 10 days ago. While I was in the Big Miami, during a break, I managed to ride a city … Continue reading

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