Monthly Archives: July 2005

the mailbag

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0I receive relatively few comments per visitor on this blog, but some very thoughtful responses do appear, often buried deep in the archives. Today, I’d like to mention a few. 1. The rationale for business schools. In January 2004, … Continue reading

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civic skills, workplace skills (take 2)

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0I received some interesting comments in response to my recent post on the relationship between democratic education and education for the 21st-century workforce. So here is a different take, influenced by some good points from friends: 1. Jobs in … Continue reading

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four kinds of unions

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0It is hard to know whether the breakup of the AFL-CIO is a good move or not. Making a reasonable guess would require a lot of detailed information (which I lack) about the differences among the breakaway unions and … Continue reading

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youth-led research on obesity and immigration

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0There is a cool new movie on the Prince George’s Information Commons website that students created as part of a project that I directed. You can click here to view it, but first, some background …. More than a … Continue reading

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a quick way to say “re-send”

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0Here’s an easy way to reply when you receive an email without the promised document: You are welcome to borrow this image by right-clicking and saving to your computer, or by pasting the following into the source code of … Continue reading

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the civic renewal movement and partisanship

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0In three fairly recent posts, I described a “strong, coherent, interconnected movement for civic renewal” that exists in America despite our sense that official politics is harsh, coarse, and unproductive. (See the first, second, and third posts.) Today my … Continue reading

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the Patriot Act and electronic grassroots lobbying

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0This week I received two emailed requests to blog on particular topics. First, Jed Miller from the ACLU asked people to blog about reforming the Patriot Act. He and the ACLU have provided “tools for bloggers,” including a “news … Continue reading

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empathy

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0I was talking to my doctor today (I’m fine, thank you–a routine visit), and he happened to ask whether I had ever fainted. I told him that I had–twice, as a matter of fact, at about age 9 and … Continue reading

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civic skills, workplace skills

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0Through most of the twentieth century, it seemed that democratic skills conflicted with workplace skills, just as the organizational structures of democracy were inefficient for producing consumer goods. Engineers divided factory production into the smallest possible units; workers were … Continue reading

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moral standing

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0Like many news stories, this one began when an influential local figure made remarks that were seen as offensive. Willie F. Wilson, former mayoral candidate and current pastor of a Southeast Washington Baptist church, said in a taped sermon … Continue reading

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