Monthly Archives: March 2004

The Jane Addams School for Democracy

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The Jane Addams School in St. Paul, MN is important to me. In the summer of 2001 (when it was 102 degrees in the Twin Cities), I visited the school. As on most nights, there were scores … Continue reading

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the frozen north

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’m at the University of Minnesota for a conference on public work and higher education. The schedule precludes blogging for today, but I hope to be able to file a report tomorrow.

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what does it mean to be “civic”?

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I spend most of my time in and around groups and institutions that have explicitly ?civic? goals: CIRCLE, the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, the National Commission for Civic Renewal, the Kettering Foundation, and the … Continue reading

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new article

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The winter issue of the National Civic Review contains an article by me on The Civic Mission of Schools. It’s a short summary of the major arguments about civic education, meant for people who are into good … Continue reading

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Media Coverage of WMD

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Susan Moeller has written an excellent paper about press coverage of weapons of mass destruction. (Short version; long version.) It’s based on detailed analysis of major US and British news reporting during both the Clinton and G.W. … Continue reading

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the politics of obesity

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0On Monday, I was with 45 high school kids, talking about the causes of obesity. Then the Centers for Disease Control announced that excessive body weight will soon be the leading cause of death in the US; … Continue reading

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social studies classes are highly traditional

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Social studies education is a battleground in the Culture Wars, with some critics charging that schools teach subversive and anti-American versions of history, while others accuse mainstream teachers of papering over injustice. Almost never is this debate … Continue reading

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rap + written “art” poetry = ?

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’m wondering what would happen if one tried to combine the rhythm of rap with some of the conventions of written poetry. (This is a naive question; there may be very obvious answers and lots of great … Continue reading

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Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I just spent a whole day with 45 high school students, eight college students, and eight colleagues, talking intensively about the causes of obesity in Prince George’s County, MD, and planning a map-making project that will take … Continue reading

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youth-led research

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Last fall, CIRCLE issued a call for groups of young people (adolescents, or people 20-25 who haven’t attended college) to study youth civic engagement, possibly in partnership with adult mentors. CIRCLE has the funds to support a … Continue reading

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