Monthly Archives: December 2003

Saddam and the US horserace

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Fred Barnes writes that it would be “crass” to “assess the politics of the capture of Saddam Hussein.” (He proceeds to do so anyway.) Meanwhile, The New York Times webpage ran a story yesterday that began: “How … Continue reading

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conference culture

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Almost a month ago, I was at Wingspread, the retreat center near Racine, WI, to attend a meeting on national and community service programs. This was my second visit to Wingspread. The first was in 1988. Then … Continue reading

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the campaign finance decision

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Justice Scalia’s dissent in the recent landmark campaign finance case is written with characteristic brio and affords an opportunity to consider the deepest issues. Some of Scalia’s points are rebuttals to arguments made during Congressional debate that … Continue reading

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ideology and civics

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I spoke yesterday at the Learn & Serve America conference, which convenes people who run federally-funded community-service programs in schools. I talked about the Civic Mission of Schools report, which my organization and Carnegie Corporation of New … Continue reading

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the real origins of the Internet

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0There’s a standard version of the history of the Internet that traces it back to ARPA (the Advanced Research Projects Agency) in the 1960s. ARPA developed a way for computers to exchange information in small packets, so … Continue reading

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visual aspects of music

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Hearing live chamber music one night last week, I thought about the visual dimension of music, which we miss when we listen to recordings. Musicians often show a lot of expression on their faces, and they exchange … Continue reading

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universal v. particular in ethics

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0In ethics, the words “universal,” “general,” and “particular” are used in three entirely different contexts. First, there is the issue of cultural difference. Some people say, “Morality is universal,” meaning that the same rules or judgments ought … Continue reading

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mapping work

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I received news yesterday that we were awarded $106,230 by the National Geographic Foundation. The project involves working with high school students to make computerized maps of safe and walkable streets, parks,?and?nutritious food sources (stores and restaurants) … Continue reading

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lessons from Houston

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0According to today’s New York Times, the Houston school “miracle” was illusory. After the state imposed a strict regime of standards and high-stakes assessment, students in Houston dramatically improved their performance on a specific Texas test. However, … Continue reading

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Iraq and Al Qaeda

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Al Qaeda hasn’t attacked any US domestic targets since 2001. Maybe this is because Osama bin Laden is only interested in worse crimes than the ones he ordered on 9/11, and he’s now planning something truly devastating. … Continue reading

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