Monthly Archives: July 2005

experiments with get-out-the-vote

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0In 2004, my organization, CIRCLE, sponsored randomized field studies to test the effectiveness of various approaches to mobilizing voters. In these studies, some people are randomly selected to receive a “treatment” such as a phone call, a … Continue reading

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Seamus Heaney on terrorism

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0On Crooked Timber, Kieran Healy quotes the poem “Claudy” by James Simmons as a kind of memorial for last week’s bombings in London. “Claudy” is a ballad about an IRA bombing in 1972: very direct, song-like, and … Continue reading

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why I don’t care about Karl Rove

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0If Karl Rove committed a crime, then he should face the consequences, and it’s a matter for the criminal justice system. It’s a different question whether the rest of us–the press, the political parties, and the public–should … Continue reading

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limits of market mechanisms in education

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I suspect that increased choice and competition may improve educational outcomes to a degree. I am fairly agnostic about the advantages and disadvantages of market mechanisms. However, the potential drawbacks are at least worth listing: 1. Motivation: … Continue reading

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books I read as a teenager that I’d like to read again

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0On the blog “Balloon Juice,” John Cole lists five books that he read as a teen or young adult and that he considers worth re-reading today. He asks some other bloggers to compile similar lists, picking them … Continue reading

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the Prince George’s Information Commons

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Today was the last day of the Leaders for Tomorrow summer program. Eleven University of Maryland undergrads have been in residence on campus since Memorial Day, working with me and my excellent graduate assistant Libby Bixby Skolnik, … Continue reading

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“internal accountability” in education

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0When we think of “accountability” in education, we usually envision standards (written by school systems, states, or the federal government), combined with measures to see if schools are meeting those standards–e.g., exam results, graduation rates, per/pupil spending, … Continue reading

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“small schools” meeting

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Today is CIRCLE‘s event at the National Press Club on the civic potential of the “small schools” movement. In all, thousands of new high schools are being created in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and other big … Continue reading

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the new missionaries

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I didn’t watch any of the Live 8 concerts, but I was intrigued enough by the newspaper coverage that I checked out the official website and some prominent links, including DATA (“debt, AIDS, trade, Africa”), which is … Continue reading

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“how to define progressives in ways that would excite young adults”

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0This is a topic that Greg Anrig Jr. and then Matthew Yglesias have been discussing over at TPM Cafe. Most of the discussion has concerned issues–whether young people could be motivated by a particular approach to college … Continue reading

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