Monthly Archives: September 2005

ideology and the professoriate

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’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 … Continue reading

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the trial of William Penn

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I 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 … Continue reading

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9/11 and civic participation, revisited

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0In 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 … Continue reading

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making room for God without “intelligent design”

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Here’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 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I 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 … Continue reading

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positive youth development

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I 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 … Continue reading

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essential historical facts?

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I 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 … Continue reading

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New Orleans: civic innovation

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The 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 … Continue reading

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the importance of civics for less advantaged kids

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Perhaps 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 … Continue reading

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Miss Mary Bennet

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0A 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 … Continue reading

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