Monthly Archives: September 2008

ideological diversity on campuses

On one of my recent visits to a college campus, I met a bunch of students who began by telling me all the excellent ways they are involved in civic and political affairs. One young woman mentioned some hospital volunteering … Continue reading

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an effort to add civic questions to the debate

The following is a message from the November Fifth Coalition … WE ARE ALL THE CHANGE WE NEED! There has been a lot of talk this presidential election about “who makes change?” — John McCain or Barack Obama. We need … Continue reading

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onward with the Civic Mission

Here is Justice O’Connor, co-chair of the national advisory council of the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools. She is standing with the Campaign’s Steering Committee, only some of whom fit within the column width of my blog, on … Continue reading

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the Kennedy-Hatch Serve America Act

[Note: a revised and improved version of this post was published in Philosophy & Public Policy Quarterly: PDF] The Kennedy-Hatch “Serve America Act of 2008” (S.3487) would dramatically expand federal support for civilian service programs. Both major presidential candidates took … Continue reading

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The Democracy Imperative

(en route from Washington to Bates College in Maine, via Boston). I’m on a sort of a road trip with not much time in front of computers for blogging. Instead I would like briefly to advertise The Democracy Imperative, whose … Continue reading

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public opinion about “community organizing”

(Washington, DC) Sarah Palin and Rudy Guiliani used the phrase “community organizer” as an epithet at the Republican National Convention, evidently hoping that many Americans would associate the phrase with leftists (or perhaps with urban minorities). I think this was … Continue reading

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an exciting day for CIRCLE

(Madison, WI) I wrote this on Sunday in preparation for an exciting day at the National Archives and the Newseum in Washington, DC. First, at the Archives, the National Conference on Citizenship will release its 2008 national survey of Americans’ … Continue reading

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time to get an economic message

My mentor and former boss Bill Galston has a sharply worded message for Barack Obama: “You are in danger of squandering an election most of us thought was unlosable. The reason is simple: on the electorate’s most important concern – … Continue reading

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how to honor Constitution Day

Yesterday was Constitution Day. It’s so named because it marks the anniversary of the signing of the US Constitution in 1787. It’s certainly an auspicious date. Since 2005, every educational institution in America that receives federal funding–from a kindergarten to … Continue reading

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the civic potential of video games

Many adults who care about civic and ethical education are hostile to video games. We assume that gaming is a solitary, passive, violent activity, unrelated to issues in the real world. Actually, games vary enormously; some of the most popular … Continue reading

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