Monthly Archives: September 2012

civic engagement makes Tufts students happier

Thanks to a grant from the Bringing Theory to Practice project, my colleagues and I have been able to study the relationship between civic engagement and “psychosocial well-being” among Tufts students by means of a large, longitudinal survey and some … Continue reading

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the youth vote on PBS NewsHour and elsewhere in the media

Below is a thoughtful and well-reported segment on the youth vote. Judy Woodruff has been covering youth issues with depth and consistency for several cycles and goes beneath the simple, horse-race question (“Will they vote for Obama or not?”) that … Continue reading

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the most redistribution since the Johnson Administration

In today’s Times, Eduardo Porter argues, Future historians could well conclude that Mr. Obama led the biggest redistribution of wealth in decades. The Affordable Care Act, which levies new taxes on the wealthy to expand access to health care for … Continue reading

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do we teach civics anymore?

In the New York Times online (Sept. 23), Thomas B. Edsall quotes a Romney supporter who explains why Obama may win that state: “People are stupid. … [Governments] eliminated civics from our curriculum. The students don’t know about civics, they … Continue reading

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game theory and the super PACs

Imagine that you lead a conservative super-PAC like American Crossroads, Restore Our Future, the Koch network, or the US Chamber of Commerce, which collectively planned to spend a $1 billion on this fall’s election. Of course, you must accommodate a … Continue reading

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ideology in the Chicago teachers’ strike

I understand–from personal contacts and from articles like this one by The Nation‘s Matthew Cunningham-Cook–that teachers who share a pretty strong ideological orientation took over the Chicago teachers’ union by democratic means. Offering a systematic critique of current trends in … Continue reading

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the Times gives attention to non-student youth

About 40% of young people don’t attend college at all. In a classic example of a vicious cycle, these young adults are largely ignored by campaigns, reporters, policymakers, and even academics. As a result, the non-college 40% tend not to … Continue reading

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taking the president seriously about citizenship

My new Huffington Post piece is entitled Taking the President Seriously About Citizenship. In it, I cite our recent work on the economic benefits of civic engagement and connect that to the President’s speech about citizenship in Charlotte. An excerpt: Mr. … Continue reading

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all that matters is equanimity, community, and truth

I’ve come to think that the necessary and sufficient conditions of a good life are equanimity, community, and truth. Equanimity means a good inner life, marked by something like happiness, satisfaction, or peace. Unless individuals achieve satisfactory inner lives, even … Continue reading

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speaking at the National Conference on Citizenship

I’ll be live shortly at the National Conference on Citizenship in Philadelphia. Along with federal reserve governor Sarah Bloom Raskin and others, I will be discussing the relationship between civic life and unemployment. Our new researchindicates that civic health helps … Continue reading

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