Monthly Archives: September 2005

ideology and the professoriate

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0I’m in New Brunswick, NJ, for the Imagining America national conference. I’ll speak tomorrow. My assigned theme is “difficult dialogues.” The other panelists will discuss a large, Ford-funded initiative by that name that seeks to “promote pluralism and academic … Continue reading

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the trial of William Penn

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0I was looking for a quote (which I didn’t actually find), and I ended up reading an entire account of William Penn’s trial in 1670. I believe the account–available with modernized English spelling on a University of Texas website–was … Continue reading

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9/11 and civic participation, revisited

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0In a recent post, I took issue with an op-ed that Tom Sander and Robert Putnam had written in the Washington Post. I thought they were arguing that 9/11 had caused young people’s values to change, and as a … Continue reading

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making room for God without “intelligent design”

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0Here’s a proposal for how to think about evolution if you want to believe in divine providence: Even if science explains the “efficient causes” of evolution, God can be the “final cause.”

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the difficulty of changing educational policy

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0I should be optimistic about the prospects for better civic education–and (more generally) the potential for civic renewal in America. Within the last 10 days, I?ve had a chance to testify before the new American Bar Association Commission on … Continue reading

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positive youth development

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0I went to Capitol Hill yesterday to hear a panel on America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being 2005. This is a remarkable document, produced jointly by many federal agencies, that gives a detailed (if incomplete) picture of the … Continue reading

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essential historical facts?

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0I believe that people should know some facts about politics, history, and law. You can’t get along with skills alone; and not all facts are equally important. But how do we reason about what information is essential and what … Continue reading

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New Orleans: civic innovation

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0The reconstruction of New Orleans represents an opportunity to employ techniques for civic participation that have been developed and tested over the last 30 years. For example: Some entity (the federal or local government or a major nonprofit) could … Continue reading

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the importance of civics for less advantaged kids

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0Perhaps the main reason that I am so committed to the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools is that civic education can increase the political clout of less-advantaged kids. Here is the evidence: People need factual knowledge to … Continue reading

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Miss Mary Bennet

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0A young lady of deep reflection am I. I make extracts of homilies, pound my scales, while Lizzy and Jane, hard at work, catch the eye of gallant lads with lots of land. To such males of fortune, we … Continue reading

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