Monthly Archives: September 2013

why can’t a centrist coalition form in the US House?

(Sacramento) If the legislature of almost any other democracy faced our current crisis, there would be talk of forming a new government. John Boehner presides over a coalition composed of the center-right plus the Tea Party. Since those two groups … Continue reading

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game theory and the fiscal cliff (ii)

In January, I wrote a post diagramming the negotiations between President Obama and the House Republicans in game-theory terms. I thought the result that actually occurred was highly predictable if one assumed that the situation was a one-off Prisoner’s Dilemma … Continue reading

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defending free speech in public schools

Frank LoMonte is Executive Director of the Student Press Law Center. His talk at this year’s National Conference on Citizenship really drew my attention to the lack of First Amendment rights in our schools. Students should exercise freedom of speech, … Continue reading

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will the creepy anti-Obamacare ads work?

(Morven Park, VA) Generation Opportunity is running ads in which an evil clown-like figure dressed as Uncle Sam pops up in the gynecologist’s office and other intimate places. This is part of their campaign to persuade young people not to … Continue reading

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Emerson’s mistake

Emerson’s Self-Reliance makes a provocative case for cultivating the self and shunning morality in the form of obligations to others. One famous paragraph begins, “Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist. … Nothing is at last sacred but … Continue reading

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can nonprofits solve big problems?

Bill Shore and Darrell Hammond are fabulously successful social entrepreneurs. Each founded a nonprofit that raised tons of money, inspired many thousands of volunteers, drew great press, and provided lots of services. (Share Our Strength fed homeless people; KaBOOM! built … Continue reading

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what we must do for civics: my remarks at the National Conference on Citizenship

(Washington, DC) I’d like to talk briefly about what we have to do to improve civic education in America. First, I need to say something very quick about the goal. What should students learn? I agree with people who say … Continue reading

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forthcoming in 2013: Civic Studies (the book)

This is a video of me (having a bad hair day) and some good friends making the case for the civic mission of higher education. It is also an advertisement for the Civic Series, a set of short books on … Continue reading

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public speaking engagements this fall

Please join me if you can: Sept. 20, DC: National Conference on Citizenship, panel on “Civic Education and the Civic Mission of Schools” (Also webcast.) Sept. 25, Morven Park in Northern VA, “Distinguished Voices in Civics” Oct. 2, Elon University, … Continue reading

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the new framework for social studies

One of my projects for the last several years has been to help write the C3 (College, Career and Citizenship) Framework for the social studies. It was released today by the National Council for the Social Studies, and CIRCLE issued … Continue reading

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