Monthly Archives: October 2012

polls as truth, polls as strategy, and what that tells us about social knowledge

I am a pollster. My organization, CIRCLE, just released a national survey of young adults that shows Obama ahead of Romney among likely voters under 30: 52% to 35%. Pollsters much more prominent than I are under fire. Look at … Continue reading

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a university’s impact on society

An important discussion is underway at Tufts about how to enhance and evaluate the university’s impact on society. Here is my emerging view: A university can have “impact on society” by doing things that benefit people outside of academia. For … Continue reading

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Obama at 52% and Romney at 35% among youth

CIRCLE today released a poll of young people‚Äôs views of the election. Our survey, commissioned by the Youth Education Fund, is unique in that it polled 1,695 youth (ages 18-29) in June/July and 1,109 of the same youth between October … Continue reading

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Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer, Bringing Citizens Voices to the Table

Carolyn Lukensmeyer has published Bringing Citizen Voices to the Table. Carolyn is Executive Director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse and founder and former President of AmericaSpeaks. She also has extensive experience in state and federal government. Her book … Continue reading

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campus speech codes and college student voting: or, how to make an empirical claim in the Times with no evidence

Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, is an opponent of campus speech codes. In today’s New York Times, he argues that these codes “discourage civic engagement” among college students. Lukianoff is entitled to his opinion … Continue reading

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foreign policy, ideology, and the election

At their final debate, the two major party candidates seemed to converge on a doctrine that might be called cautious amoralism. All that counts are the economic interests of the United States and the security interests of the US and … Continue reading

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CIRCLE in the news

(Woods Hole, MA) With our new report on civic education published recently–and the election coming up–we have been in the news a lot lately. Here’s a sampling of recent coverage: Nora Fleming, Out of School Engagement in Civic Education and … Continue reading

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the civic mission of higher education

I am going to Woods Hole, MA, today to speak to the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Science, Technology and Law. I have been asked to brief them on civic education at the college level, but I hope to … Continue reading

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what is wrong with this campaign, in a nutshell

We will field a survey immediately after the election that will assess, among other things, whether people voted knowledgeably and in synch with their own values and beliefs. We will ask them their top policy issue, followed by a policy … Continue reading

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is all truth scientific truth?

In the 1600s, the enterprise now called natural science got fully underway. How to define it and determine its limits are controversial questions. Science cannot be limited to experiments (Galileo dropping spheres from the Leaning Tower of Pisa) because experiments … Continue reading

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