Monthly Archives: April 2013

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

Today, 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 their civic knowledge, … Continue reading

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Emerson’s advice on how to decline a meeting

One 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 often the scheduling … Continue reading

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do fixed beliefs prevent reasonable deliberation?

In 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, they assert propositions, … Continue reading

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the latest on online political engagement

Aaron 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 politics. These are … Continue reading

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Syria by Eugenio Montale

They 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 in a flock … Continue reading

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something better than a congressional hearing?

Ted 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 hearings is so … Continue reading

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how terrorism made me a Bostonian

This 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 aspects of my … Continue reading

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who is segregated?

The 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 trend by itself … Continue reading

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

┬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: public engagement, deliberative … Continue reading

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the politics of TED

Last 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 that Hanauer’s talk … Continue reading

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