Monthly Archives: July 2007

strategies for broadening the curriculum

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’m with those (including Senator Harkin–see yesterday–and George Miller, who is a key US Representative) who decry the narrowing of the American school curriculum in recent years. The reason seems to be relentless pressure to raise math … Continue reading

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Senator Harkin on education

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’m on Capitol Hill at a meeting of United Voices for Education, a group organized by Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul, and Mary) to support the aspects of education that are overlooked in current policy: the arts, … Continue reading

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teens address school reform

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0On Wednesday night, we finished our summer program for 13 kids, ages 12-14. They built a website on issues in the Prince George’s County (MD) school system, which they attend. Their site is part of the Prince … Continue reading

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welcome, fundamentalists

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0We live in Cleveland Park, DC, an affluent, liberal, urban neighborhood of mostly single-family homes (median family income= $124,000; average family size=2.57; 84% white). I don’t think the US Census collects data on religion, but I would … Continue reading

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civic engagement in Britain

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Centralized executive power is dangerous–but it provides great opportunities when the chief executive happens to have good ideas. The new British Prime Minister has committed to civic engagement. Since he has the votes to control Parliament, he … Continue reading

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public participation in grantmaking

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Led by Cindy Gibson, a group of us has helped the Case Foundation to develop an innovative grant competition that involves online voting about which proposals to fund. The Chronicle of Philanthropy ran a story about this … Continue reading

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persnickety

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Early in P.D. James’ mystery Death in Holy Orders (2001), she establishes that her characters will speak formal, allusive, complex English of the type that an average reader could never master in real speech. Here, for example, … Continue reading

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Sekou Sundiata, 1948-2007

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I was very sorry to read in The New York Times that Sekou Sundiata has died. I once had the privilege to speak on a panel with him and have heard some of his performances. (Visit Salon … Continue reading

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perspectives

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0 Here’s our mapping class, a bunch of kids between the ages of 13 and 15 who are interviewing a former chair of the County Council about how to improve their public school system. (I show a … Continue reading

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stability of character

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I think most people believe, as a matter of common sense, that individuals have stable characters. In fact, it turns out that the word “character” comes from a Greek noun for the stamp impressed on a coin. … Continue reading

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