Monthly Archives: May 2003

at the ECS

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0p>I’m still at the Education Commission of the States in Denver, discussing state standards in civics. One distinguished colleague argued that no educational reform really succeeds unless a state has all of the following elements in place: appropriate standards, … Continue reading

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the risks of controversy in schools

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0I’m in Denver, at the Education Commission of the States, talking about state standards in civics and social studies. The topic is what students should know, think, feel, and do about politics and civil society. The group is very … Continue reading

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the 2004 election will be close

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0A report for Washington: I know many Democrats, and they all seem highly pessimistic about 2004. They think that Karl Rove is a genius, that Bush will coast to re-election because of the Iraq war, that Republicans have enormous … Continue reading

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a “gift” from Bill Gates?

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0Microsoft is giving away free software to nonprofits, and critics charge that this is a deliberate plot to undermine open-source alternatives that were gaining ground in the nonprofit sector. I’ll have to leave it to economists to decide whether … Continue reading

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the intellectual crisis of the Left

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0Adam Clymer has an article in today’s New York Times about the Democrats’ search for a broad and coherent message. The party is a coalition of disparate, often antagonistic interest groups, according to this article—not a movement inspired by … Continue reading

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perils of fame

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0I received this year’s edition of The Higher Education Exchange today, with an interview of me by David Brown. The interview starts with me worrying about academics who pursue fame. I think that the desire for fame is a … Continue reading

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a debate about reading

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0Yesterday, our high school class interviewed a 30-year veteran teacher at their school, mainly about racial issues. He said—among other things—that people in his home county (Montgomery, MD) read, whereas young people in Prince George’s do not. They just … Continue reading

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discipline or cooptation?

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0Here is an issue that arose several times at last week’s Argentine/US conference on deliberative democracy. Citizens who are given the power to deliberate and make formal decisions often learn about legal, political, and economic constraints and recognize the … Continue reading

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the erasure of a people

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0According to Amos Elon’s review of Queen Noor’s autobiography in The New York Review of Books (May 29, p. 7), the Queen once suggested to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife that it would be good if … Continue reading

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Leo Strauss in the news

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0Leo Strauss and his proteges, the "Straussians," are again in the news. Jeet Heer writes in the May 11 Boston Globe: Odd as this may sound, we live in a world increasingly shaped by Leo Strauss, a controversial philosopher … Continue reading

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