Monthly Archives: April 2013

effects of debate, discussion, and simulation in k-12 schools, and persistent civic gaps

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Today, CIRCLE released a new study entitled “Do Discussion, Debate, and Simulations Boost NAEP Civics Performance?,” by our lead researcher, Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg. The NAEP surveys a representative sample of 26,000 students. It asks them detailed questions about … Continue reading

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Emerson’s advice on how to decline a meeting

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0One of the stresses of modern office work is being called to do more than one thing at the same moment. How painful to decline an important meeting because another event has been scheduled simultaneously, and how … Continue reading

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do fixed beliefs prevent reasonable deliberation?

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0In Reasoning: A Social Picture, Anthony Simon Laden (who’s visiting Tufts today) argues that there’s a “standard picture of reasoning” in which the goal is to reach conclusions. You can reason alone, but when people reason together, … Continue reading

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the latest on online political engagement

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Aaron Smith of the Pew Internet & Public Life Project has released a new report based on Pew’s polling that provides the best current information on how we use the Internet and social media to engage in … Continue reading

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Syria by Eugenio Montale

Facebook3 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 3They said, the ancients, that poetry is a ladder to God. Maybe it’s not like that when you read mine. But the day I knew it, that I had recovered my voice through you–loose as I was … Continue reading

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something better than a congressional hearing?

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Ted Hesson’s story on ABC News/Univision is headlined “Why Congressional Hearings Aren’t Worth Your Time.” It begins, “There’s a major immigration reform hearing in the Senate today. Don’t bother watching it. The general point of holding these … Continue reading

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how terrorism made me a Bostonian

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0This could be the heart-warming story of a slightly alienated outsider–still relatively new to a city of distinctive character–who realizes that he loves it when he lives through an attack. But I want to explore some problematic … Continue reading

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who is segregated?

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The graph below comes from Gary Orfield, John Kucsera, and Genevieve Siegel-Hawley, E Pluribus…Separation: Deepening Double Segregation for More Students. It shows that African American and Latino students attend schools with decreasing numbers of White students. The … Continue reading

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Frontiers of Democracy 2013: Innovations in Civic Practice, Theory, and Education

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0┬áJuly 18-20, 2013, Medford, MA Conference Framing and Session Formats Both in the US and around the world we find ourselves in a dramatic period of civic awakening. We know this work and ideas under different names: … Continue reading

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the politics of TED

Facebook19 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 19Last year, a minor controversy erupted when liberal millionaire investor Nick Hanauer claimed that his TED talk on economic policy had been banned as too “political.” Chris Anderson, the “curator” of TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design), replied … Continue reading

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