Monthly Archives: February 2005

how institutions socialize young people for citizenship

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0In 1928, Karl Mannheim argued that people tend to form stable civic identities in their late teens. As adolescents emerge from the relatively narrow horizons of their families and neighborhoods, they confront the broader world of governments, … Continue reading

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the Iraqi election, suicide bombing, & rational choice theory

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0An election is partly a public good, in the precise economist’s sense. If representatives are selected peacefully and officials are made accountable to the majority, that is a good thing for most people. This good is indivisible. … Continue reading

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Ruth Simmons

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Ruth Simmons is the President of Brown University. I had a chance to hear her speak and then joined her for a dinner yesterday. In the speech, she described her path from a small, East-Texas town where … Continue reading

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the president’s budget and civic education

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The Bush Administration’s budget proposal for education is available online. For those concerned about civic learning, here are two key points: Funding for the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools is cut in half, from $672 million … Continue reading

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handbook of public deliberation

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0John Gastil and I are busy organizing the production of our co-edited volume, The Handbook of Public Deliberation: Strategies for Effective Civic Engagement in the 21st Century. Jossey Bass will publish it this summer. Of the 19 … Continue reading

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“every subject’s soul is his own”

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Continuing Friday’s theme. …) There is no doubt, after Nuremberg, that soldiers must question the justification of their side’s conduct during a conflict–and disobey any immoral orders. But should they worry about the purposes and legitimacy of … Continue reading

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just war theory

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’ve been thinking about just war theory, mainly because my colleagues and I discussed a good paper on that topic by Judy Lichtenberg today, but also because of Lt. Gen. James N. Mattis’ recent comments (“Actually, it’s … Continue reading

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on point

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’m a guest on NPR’s “On Point,” discussing the new survey of youth and the First Amendment that I described on Tuesday. At this moment, I’m listening to the show as I wait to participate. (8:00 pm–I … Continue reading

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on “constructivism” in education

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0“Constructivism” is one of the most influential words in the whole jargon of education–and a highly divisive one. It is a rallying-cry for many progressive educators and reformers, but an irritant to conservatives. Constructivists oppose the kind … Continue reading

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students and the First Amendment

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I?ve spent the last day and a half in the magnificent 23nd floor offices of the First Amendment Center, which provide the most panoramic view of the National Mall. We have been discussing a new Knight Foundation … Continue reading

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