Monthly Archives: June 2005

a researcher-practitioner meeting

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Yesterday, I spent an interesting day talking to some people who work in the world of public broadcasting about a project to produce high-quality news shows for use in high schools. A lot of the discussion was … Continue reading

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wealth-building strategies for communities

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Yesterday, my colleagues at the University of Maryland’s Democracy Collaborative unveiled a new website called Community It contains a mass of practical information about alternatives to the standard business corporation, including “community development corporations (CDCs), community … Continue reading

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profound in their superficiality

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0While I was waiting for take-out food yesterday, I heard a talking head on what appeared to be a news show announce that the Michael Jackson trial was “without question the trial of the decade so far, … Continue reading

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on spending for schools and the idea of “root causes”

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I mentioned last week that Rethinking Schools is a fine publication. The current issue on small schools is full of information and insights. For example, Wayne Au makes the point that small institutions are at a disadvantage … Continue reading

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policy analysis, for undergrads

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I have an opportunity to teach a special undergraduate seminar next spring. I’m not sure if I’ll accept, because it would mean doing less of something else. However, it’s fun to think about. I’m imagining that students … Continue reading

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“Imagining America”

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I think that academics are pretty alienated–especially after last November, but the problem had been building for decades. Often, scholars feel very distant from the mainstream of American culture. In the social sciences, academics tend to be … Continue reading

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“Is Small Beautiful?”–the potential of alternative high schools

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Rethinking Schools is an impressive publication, founded by teachers, dedicated to progressive reforms, and capable of attracting contributions by famous authors as well as excellent articles by educators who work “in the trenches.” The current issue (not … Continue reading

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resources on “trans-national youth activism”

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0One of the most interesting developments in youth politics and culture today is the rise of trans-national youth movements. The anti-globalization protesters and the student critics of sweatshops are the best-known examples, but there are many others. … Continue reading

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a new era for public-interest advocacy?

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’m on my way home from Georgia, but still thinking about the conference of young media activists that I attended recently. For me, one of the most hopeful signs was their rejection of the “public-interest” model that … Continue reading

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what’s going on at the office

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Every now and then, I post a summary of what’s going on in my work life. These summaries seem worthwhile, since often people email me to ask practical questions connected to what I’ve written. So here goes … Continue reading

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