Monthly Archives: October 2011

talking about education for civil society at AEI

Facebook3 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 3 Here I am at the American Enterprise Institute on Oct. 20, talking about education for civil society. I start talking at 27 minutes, 46 seconds, but I really enjoyed and learned from the previous presentation by … Continue reading

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activism when ideology is weak

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I am reading a forthcoming book about a whole set of academic programs–centers, certificates, majors, and minors–devoted to service or civic engagement. I am struck that the numerous authors in the volume cite virtually no living intellectuals … Continue reading

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understanding public deliberation as a field

Facebook2 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 2In the current Journal of Public Deliberation (which, by the way, is a free, open-access, peer-reviewed publication), Caroline W. Lee has an article entitled, “Five Assumptions Academics Make About Public Deliberation, And Why They Deserve Rethinking.” Her … Continue reading

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the importance of the inner life to moral philosophy

Facebook10 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 10It can be seen that there a huge gap, at present unfillable as far as we are concerned, which needs to be filled by an account of human nature, human action, the type of characteristic a virtue … Continue reading

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the growing distance between people and schools

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Washington, DC) Liberals are often dismissive of local control in education. For example, in the current New York Review of Books, Christopher Benfey remarks on Mitt “Romney’s obligatory kowtowing to local and parental control of school systems … Continue reading

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Transforming Undergraduate Education: Theory that Compels and Practices that Succeed

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Donald Harward, former president of Bates College and now director of Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP), has edited a newly released book about undergraduate education. The 41 authors tackle the interrelated problems that students often disengage from … Continue reading

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species of educational reformer

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Washington, DC). Whom have I forgotten or mischaracterized? The Testing Liberal: Argues that we have failed to educate our least advantaged children because we haven’t believed they can succeed, haven’t cared about them, and haven’t dedicated valuable … Continue reading

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in 1900, they were so twenty-first century

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0If you heard about the following case studies, when would you guess that they happened? An East Harlem principal decides that he can’t educate his extraordinarily diverse students effectively unless someone addresses out-of-school issues, including drugs, ethnic … Continue reading

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OWS research

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(On a bus near Concord, NH): Occupy Wall Street may turn out to be a historic watershed or a footnote. Either way, it is an important research opportunity, a chance to study social movements, non-hierarchical organizations, citizens’ … Continue reading

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the disaffection election

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I learned in DC last week that political consultants are predicting a very low turnout election in 2012. Voter participation will be suppressed by a combination of dissatisfied “base” voters on both sides of the aisle, discouraged … Continue reading

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