Monthly Archives: February 2004

Jay Rosen on Dean

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Jay Rosen is one of my very favorite media critics and theorists of democracy. Still, I’m slightly surprised by his retrospective enthusiasm for the Dean campaign. Those who were closely involved with the campaign feel they lived … Continue reading

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the commons and youth development

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’m writing a paper (for a conference organized by Lin Ostrom) that connects my two main preoccupations: the Internet as a commons, and youth civic development. Actually, I believe this link is very important. A “commons” is … Continue reading

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gay marriage

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’m very taken by the idea that the government should stop recognizing “marriage” at all. It should be up to religious denominations, families, and civil society to debate who can marry. Government should simply recognize certain contracts … Continue reading

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a windshield tour

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Today, I rode with two colleagues up and down the streets of Hyattsville, Mount Rainier, and Riverdale, Maryland–communities northeast of the District of Columbia. We are planning a high school course for later this spring, in which … Continue reading

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political consultants

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0A Washington Post article suggests that perhaps Howard Dean’s former campaign manager, Joe Trippi, decided to spend huge amounts of money on television because he is a partner in the firm that places ads for Dean’s campaign, … Continue reading

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Bush on the budget

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0When he interviewed the president on Sunday, Tim Russert spent most of the time asking about Iraq; this part of the interview has also attracted the most attention from pundits. But I was most struck by the … Continue reading

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no federal concern for civics?

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The NAEP, often called the “Nation’s Report Card,” is a voluntary, federally-funded assessment of students’ progress in a field. Those who support the Civic Mission of Schools agenda favor a big expansion of the NAEP Civics Assessment. … Continue reading

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youth support gay marriage

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0On the very day when newspapers are covering the Massachussetts court decision that mandates gay marriage rights, CIRCLE and the Council for Excellence in Government released new polling data on young people’s attitudes toward gay marriage and … Continue reading

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teaching controversial issues

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’m quoted in an article about how to manage controversial issues in elementary and secondary classrooms: see “Hot-Button Handling” from District Administrator Magazine. I make a couple of points in the article, but this is the one … Continue reading

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at the Educational Testing Service

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’m in Princeton, NJ, staying for 24 hours at the headquarters of the ETS, the people who bring you the SAT and your other favorite standardized tests. I’m here with a group of civic education advocates, trying … Continue reading

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