Monthly Archives: October 2004

hope for reform of gerrymandering

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Many political scientists view partisan gerrymandering as the worst flaw in our political system today, worse than campaign finance abuses or poor and biased journalism. By drawing districts that are reliably Democratic or Republican, incumbent politicians have … Continue reading

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food for thought

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Here is a strange statistical result. My colleagues and I have been teaching high school students to investigate the causes of obesity in their community—as a form of civic education. This fall, they are going to conduct … Continue reading

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The Bonanza! Group

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0People who work to improve the quality of public culture deserve our attention and thanks. For example, Adrienne Schatz is one of the co-founders of the “Bonanza!” group. She explains that Bonanza! is: a network of Republican … Continue reading

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the “global test”

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Thomas Jefferson said it best: “When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to [do something drastic that affects the status of other nations,] a decent respect to the opinions of mankind … Continue reading

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the wrong kind of liberalism

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I yield to no one in my commitment to the core moral principles of the center-left. In fact, I will support radical ideas if I am convinced that they will work. However, nothing annoys me more than … Continue reading

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memories of high school

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I graduated from high school two years after A Nation at Risk (1983). Although my friends and I had some fine teachers, the curriculum and standards were pretty slack back then. As I recall, we rarely had … Continue reading

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why the questions were good in Friday’s debate

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Commentators are saying that the Missouri citizens who asked the questions last Friday did a good job. They tend to note this with a tone of pleased surprise or patriotic piety. (“You see, ordinary American folks can … Continue reading

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Derrida (the death of the author)

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Jacques Derrida died on Friday. All the obituaries I have seen have fundamentally mischaracterized his thought and the movement he inspired, ?deconstruction.? (The Times gets the biographical facts right but avoids defining deconstruction by stressing its obscurity.) … Continue reading

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should the draft be an issue?

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0In our recent poll with MTV (pdf), we found that 78% of young Americans oppose a draft, but 32% think there probably will be one. Graffiti and posters on my campus suggest that there is a pretty … Continue reading

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the importance of being honest

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Popular opinion holds that politicians are liars–generally. In my view, however, the Bush administration is different. They have repeatedly made extremely important claims that were false. In some cases, such as when they claimed that Iraq possessed … Continue reading

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