Monthly Archives: April 2005

a resurgence of community media?

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I spent most of last Monday with my colleagues on the J-Lab New Voices Advisory Board, going through 250 applications for “micro-news” projects so that we could pick the top ten to fund. (J-Lab will announce the … Continue reading

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the youth “lifeworld”

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Before we try to engage young people in politics and civic life, it’s important to understand their day-to-day concerns, habits, and background assumptions–what Lew Friedland calls their “lifeworld.” As a start, consider the following data from the … Continue reading

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civic advantages of religion

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Yesterday, a group called Reboot released a poll on young Americans’ religiosity. My organization, CIRCLE, was a major funder of the survey, which contains numerous fascinating results. In my usual way, I refer you to the study … Continue reading

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using campaign money for relatives

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0As most American readers know by now, the New York Times reported last week that House Majority Leader Tom DeLay has paid $500,000 of his campaign money to his wife and daughter since 2001. DeLay responded angrily … Continue reading

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exemplary civic projects

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Within the last week, I’ve heard about two excellent projects. They each deserve a full post, but they also go so nicely together that I’ll mention both here: Citizen Joe is a website that provides substantive, ideologically … Continue reading

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Democrats on government waste

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0This is a fascinating chart from the Pew Research Center’s “Trends” report. Once upon a time, a Democrat was someone who believed that most existing government programs were worthwhile. A Republican was someone who thought that most … Continue reading

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Justice O’Connor on the independence of the judiciary

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Last night, I attended Streetlaw’s first annual awards dinner. As chair of the awards committee, I had the honor of presenting the Teacher of the Year award to Fred Cole from Marquette, Michigan, a fine social studies … Continue reading

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New York’s aesthetic

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I went back to New York yesterday, to hear former Governor Jim Hunt, Federal Judge (and Pennsylvania First Lady) Midge Rendell, Wendy Puriefoy of the Public Education Network, and others speak in support of the Campaign for … Continue reading

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high schools in a high-risk era (2)

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Here’s another take on an issue that I’ve written about recently, the “rat race” in our high schools: We live in an era of expanded opportunities. There are more careers and lifestyles to choose from. Some people … Continue reading

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sticks and stones …

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Civility is important. When public figures attack individuals and their motives rather than ideas and policies, they can make it harder to work together–even on completely unrelated issues. Furthermore, politics as a whole can become unpleasant, in … Continue reading

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