Monthly Archives: January 2006

on culture and poverty

“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 itself.” This is … Continue reading

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love where you are

In 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 others), who analyzed … Continue reading

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cliches of civic engagement

I’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 not sound like … Continue reading

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talking about “social justice” in education

In 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 in Catholic thought) … Continue reading

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the sincerest form of flattery

So, 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 inaccurate. Can I … Continue reading

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overcoming polarization?

Dan 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, we Americans share … Continue reading

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opportunity for youth work in New Orleans

“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 in the recovery, … Continue reading

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journalists still matter

I’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 daily news journalism … Continue reading

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so which is it?

1. 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 arduous task of … Continue reading

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another week, another Miami

Today 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 bus over to … Continue reading

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