Monthly Archives: September 2010

what our social studies teachers think

The American Enterprise Institute has released a new survey called “High Schools, Civics, and Citizenship: What Social Studies Teachers Think and Do.” I know four of the authors and respect their work in general as well as this particular survey. … Continue reading

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educating youth for better politics

That is the title of today’s blog post. The text is not here but on the Huffington Post. I co-wrote it with Scott Warren and Alison Cohen of Generation Citizen, and it’s about the civic achievement gap in high schools. … Continue reading

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book talks on civic engagement

This fall, please join these four authors for discussions of their new books. Sept 9, Noon-2 pm, Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Hall Henry Milner The Internet Generation: Engaged Citizens or Political Dropouts Tufts University Press, 2010 Henry Milner is a … Continue reading

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the heart, the head, and who you vote for

Nansook Park and Christopher Peterson ask people to rank themselves on a battery of strengths that are “intellectual and self-oriented” (such as curiosity, judgment, and appreciation of beauty) and a set of “strengths that are emotional and interpersonal” (such as … Continue reading

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reflections after a videoconference

I just finished three consecutive meetings that addressed versions of the same questions: How can universities prepare young people for active democratic citizenship? And how can such efforts be measured and assessed? The first meeting involved Tufts faculty from various … Continue reading

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making our own mosque

With all the controversy about building a mosque in Lower Manhattan (not to mention various bills and laws against erecting minarets in Europe), I thought this might be a good time to recycle a photo of the little “mosque” that … Continue reading

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the righteousness that is the special entitlement of homogeneous groups

I am always torn when I hear discussions about the “fragmentation” of American culture or politics, because fragmentation also means diversity and freedom. Yet there are real disadvantages to losing a common dialog. Bill Bishop has written a brilliant book, … Continue reading

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the Project Vote survey

Today, Project Vote released a survey of the current opinions of people who voted in 2008. (They randomly sampled from a list of actual voters, which is available from official rolls, so no one in their sample inaccurately reported that … Continue reading

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the meaning of Michelle Rhee’s defeat

Last week, Democratic primary voters dismissed the incumbent mayor of Washington, DC, Adrian Fenty. It looks virtually certain that DC Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee will also be on her way out. She was the most prominent school district leader in … Continue reading

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Justice Ginsburg at the National Conference on Citizenship

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (following the example of justices O’Connor, Souter, Breyer, and Scalia) is speaking at the National Conference on Citizenship. It’s helpful for the Supreme Court–and the judicial branch in general–to endorse civic engagement and civic education. Judge … Continue reading

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