Monthly Archives: November 2010

Three C-s of Education Petition Campaign (College, Career and Citizenship)

From the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools: The Campaign is sponsoring a petition campaign to remind all policymakers of the essential and historic role schools play in providing the knowledge, skills and disposition for informed and engaged citizenship. … Continue reading

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American exceptionalism

Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, and Rick Santorum agree: the president and his allies in Washington deny “American exceptionalism” in a way that is unprecedented (Huckabee), “truly alarming” (Gingrich), or “misguided and bankrupt” (Romney). As for the … Continue reading

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in the debate about the civic purpose of education

My blog entry entitled “Should we teach patriotism?” will be anthologized in a book series called Current Controversies (Greenhaven, 2011). And Elizabeth Kish and J. Peter Euben discuss my blog entry entitled “Stanley Fish vs. civic education” in their chapter … Continue reading

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what to do about an unwise public

The following appeared first on the Huffington Post. On the American Prospect blog, Jamelle Bouie cites the latest Pew survey of public knowledge (only 38% of Americans can identify the incoming House Speaker; only 14% know what the inflation rate … Continue reading

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the Coburn anti-earmarking amendment

Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) plans to introduce an amendment this week to ban all earmarks in fiscal years 2011-13. Apparently, the amendment has a decent chance of passing. The Coburn amendment is not a powerful tool for budget-cutting, even assuming … Continue reading

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The Wedding of Peleus and Thetis

The first 21 lines of Catullus’ Song 64, in my translation: Sprouted at the peak of Mt. Pelion, the pines, they say, pushed right through Neptune’s waves to the surf at Phasis, Ae√ętes’ realm, when the hand-picked force, those young … Continue reading

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guest post by Hank Topper: Next Steps for Rebuilding Democracy

Hank Topper lives in Santa Rosa, California where he has been helping to organize a broad city-wide effort to strengthen neighborhoods and improve the partnership between neighborhoods and city government. Hank is also a part of a small national group … Continue reading

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a community economic development primer

(This post is meant to resemble my primer on relational community organizing; I plan to write others on community service, practical deliberation work, etc.) Many thousands of not-for-profit institutions are involved in various forms of economic development in the communities … Continue reading

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civic agency

Based on blog reports by Cecilia Orphan and Harry Boyte, it sounds as if the recent Civic Agency meeting in Washington was excellent. It was organized by the American Democracy Project of the American Association of State Colleges & Universities … Continue reading

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contra Krugman

I find that I have written 17 blog posts critical of Paul Krugman since 2005. Since 2008, these posts have generally been defenses of Barack Obama. As I wrote in February 2009, “Krugman’s critiques of Barack Obama … represent one … Continue reading

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