Monthly Archives: April 2008

racial classification as an illustration of complexity in government

I’ve spent the last two days helping to advise the government on the design of background questions that will accompany the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), a test-like survey of American kids. The background questions are about demographics and … Continue reading

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“social citizens”

Here is Allison Fine’s important new paper for the Case Foundation on young citizens and the Internet. It’s an excellent summary. As I read the first 50 pages, which are mostly celebratory, I kept asking questions about the drawbacks or … Continue reading

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the Joseph Levine memorial

The memorial celebration for Dad was wonderfully life affirming. All the speakers gave thoughtful, carefully crafted speeches and collectively recalled most aspects of his life, from his skillful and dedicated parenting to his civic participation to his sense of humor. … Continue reading

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three different ways of thinking about the value of nature

These are three conflicting or rival positions: 1. People value nature, and the best measure of how much they value it is how much they would be willing to pay for it. Actual market prices may not reflect real value … Continue reading

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memorial service for Joe Levine

We’re on our way to Syracuse today so that we can attend my Dad’s memorial service at Syracuse University’s Hendrick’s Chapel on Saturday afternoon at 3. The speakers include the following good friends: ♦ Dean Cathryn R. Newton, College of … Continue reading

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an open Embassy

The Swedish Embassy in Washington is a gift to our city. It’s a Nordic modernist building right on the Potomac, with a public esplanade that helps form a continuous riverfront walkway. The building itself is made largely of glass and … Continue reading

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an unsolicited, but welcome, endorsement

“CIRCLE is a critical resource for groups like the Hip Hop Caucus and others who are trying to engage young people in the political process. Research directs our strategy for our work in the community, and the team at CIRCLE … Continue reading

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against legalizing prostitution

The Eliot Spitzer fiasco generated some blog posts (which I neglected to bookmark) arguing that prostitution should be legal. The bloggers I read acknowledged that Governor Spitzer should be liable for breaking the law, but they argued that the law … Continue reading

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what I’d like Europeans to know about us

I try not to be thin-skinned about European anti-Americanism. They have legitimate complaints, and besides, we’re the great power and ought to be able to handle criticism. People around the world hold other negative stereotypes (for instance, against Islam and … Continue reading

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how presidential campaigns are changing

Ronald Brownstein writes in the National Journal, “In scope and sweep, tactics and scale, the marathon struggle between Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton has triggered such a vast evolutionary leap in the way candidates pursue the presidency that it … Continue reading

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