Monthly Archives: April 2004

two interesting meetings

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I actually had several interesting conversations today, but I’d like to mention two. First, I met Dr. Laxmi Ramasubramanian of the University of Illinois at Chicago. She helps to create exciting projects that involve residents–including young people–in … Continue reading

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why do we care about press coverage of Iraq?

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0There’s a very hot debate about the quality of news about Iraq. Some colleagues and students and I have created a special website with a lot of relevant information on that topic. I think the first step … Continue reading

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Christopher Kutz on Complicity

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Yesterday, I went to the National Institutes of Health to hear Chris Kutz discuss his book, entitled Complicity: Ethics and Law for a Collective Age. Kutz sets himself the following problem. As a matter of common sense, … Continue reading

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the NAEP civics assessment

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0[update: At its May 2005 meeting, the National Assessments Governing Board increased the frequency of the NAEP Civics Assessment to every four years, twice the prior frequency of every eight years. This was a good decision, especially … Continue reading

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a blog appears in the Washington Post

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The Post‘s “Outlook” section is completely devoted to opinion articles. Yesterday, the Outlook editors chose to reprint a portion of a blog. They didn’t use the word “blog.” Instead, the article began: Raphael Cohen-Almagor, director of the … Continue reading

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embarrassment of riches

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I don’t have an especially good CD collection. Nevertheless, I can listen any time I like to great performances of some of the most challenging and profound musical masterpieces ever written. I can half-listen to Casals play … Continue reading

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moderate “particularism”

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Here is an argument for a moderate form of the philosophical position known as “particularism.” A full-blown particularist believes that whole situations are either good or bad; they can be validly judged. However, the separate qualities or … Continue reading

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the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0A coalition has formed to advocate implementing the recommendations of the Civic Mission of Schools report across the United States. The coalition includes 42 individuals and groups, including such major stakeholders as both national teachers unions, the … Continue reading

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thinking about my generation

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0When I was younger, I resisted thinking of “Generation X” is an important part of my identity. This was partly a personal trait: to the best of my limited ability, I wanted to be mature and not … Continue reading

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the “crisis of the left”: responses

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’d like to respond to several thoughtful comments that refer to my mini-essay on the crisis of the left.

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