Monthly Archives: June 2008

the Public Education Network (PEN) and its civic index

I believe that communities educate children, not just schools; and it is a false hope that we can achieve dramatically better results by tinkering with the structure of schools: their governance, funding, incentives, and regulations. Most experiments that focus narrowly … Continue reading

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losing color

Robert Darnton, the great Princeton historian, is no Luddite. He welcomes Google’s Book Search, which provides direct access to scanned versions of books from the New York Public Library, Harvard, Michigan, Stanford, and the Bodleian. However, he lists several reasons … Continue reading

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moving day

Pockmarked with nails, the walls echo. Dust clots mark the outlines of cozy furniture. The cat slinks in search of cover. In a long hall where once a toddler learned to run, flinging herself again and again on parents’ knees, … Continue reading

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college and kids

I guess this is a well-known story, but I wanted to document it. Here is the median age that American women have their first child (in dark blue) and the percentage of younger women (age 25-34) who have completed four … Continue reading

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The Bradley Report: E Pluribus Unum

I just read the Bradley Foundation report on America’s National Identity, entitled E Pluribus Unum. It argues that “America is facing an identity crisis,” because we do not know enough information about our founders; students are not “taught about America’s … Continue reading

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heading north

I’m not confident that I can blog substantively this week, because we are moving–home, family, office, organization, files, fiscal agent, everything–to Tufts. The first moving van comes today. I can, however, provide a link. My new employer, Tufts, is the … Continue reading

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for peace in the Middle East

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ServeNext

ServeNext is an organization started by young AmeriCorps alums who want to build support for national and community service. There is an entertaining article in the Chronicle of Philanthropy about their national road trip. That’s only one of their activities, … Continue reading

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did the Supreme Court repeal the Supremacy Clause?

I was always under the impression that when the United States ratified a treaty, it became the law of our land. I got that idea from the U.S. Constitution, Article VI, section 2: “all treaties made, or which shall be … Continue reading

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why study service-learning?

I’m at Brandeis for a meeting of “emerging scholars” who study service-learning. They are paired with established mentors who advise them, and they enter a network of other new scholars in the field. This is a project (which we are … Continue reading

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