Monthly Archives: March 2011

upcoming research discussions at Tisch College

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0These three events are open to the public. 1. Discussion with 2011 Tisch Research Prize winner John Gaventa 2. “Determinants of Health Among Caribbean Latinos” with Flavia Peréa and Linda Sprague Martinez 3. “Development of Korean Civil … Continue reading

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recent fiction by Karen Russell, Jed Rubenfeld, Harry Dolan

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan is a neatly constructed mystery with elements of noir, police procedural, and a drawing-room detective story. The author, a very clever guy with a philosophy degree, plays with some interesting ideas … Continue reading

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Arne Duncan on civic education policy

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Washington, DC) At a conference here on Educating for Democracy in a Digital Age, the Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, said, “A foundation in civics education is not a luxury but a necessity. … Civics cannot be … Continue reading

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when finally I lie

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The boy watches fluid in tubes, lab coats, Hurried sneakers, hushed exchanges, and thinks He could grow into one who consults notes, Gives opinions, adjusts that thing that blinks Beneath the window that reveals the wall Of … Continue reading

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assessment: an overview

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Recently I presented some thoughts about why and how we might use assessment in civic education. Most of my points apply to education in general. People seemed to find these ideas useful, so I offer my notes … Continue reading

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Congress considers honoring Christina Taylor-Green by supporting civil discussion in schools

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0House resolution 181 proposes to honor “the memory of Christina-Taylor Green by encouraging schools to teach civic education and civil discourse in public schools.” I love the bill for three reasons: First, the very best way to … Continue reading

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constitutional piety

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Montpelier, VA: I am staying at an almost-literal shrine to the United States Constitution, James Madison’s own house, where they (rightly) preserve an ink stain on the floor that may be some of the ink with which … Continue reading

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at Montpelier

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Montpelier, VA–I am getting ready to sleep on the property of Montpelier, James Madison’s house. His Georgian/Federalist mansion is at the top of the nearby hill, overlooking horse fields and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Past his Greek … Continue reading

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Robert Lowell at the Indian Killer’s Grave

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0King Philip’s War was a struggle between the New England Puritan settlers and Native Americans. Fought in 1675-6, it caused the deaths of about 800 colonists and 3,000 Native Americans and a catastrophe for the Native peoples … Continue reading

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the West and the rest

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0It seems impossible to distinguish between the West and other civilizations or regions of the globe, because anything we might call “the West” is so internally diverse and vaguely bordered. It’s easy to make up a list … Continue reading

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