Monthly Archives: November 2005

en route

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’m flying to California today by way of Detroit. I don’t think I’ll be able to post anything substantive.

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universities and civic education

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0A 1911 committee of the American Political Science Association recommended that elementary school students should cooperate with local government agencies or community associations to beautify vacant lots, as a way of learning civic skills. They also suggested … Continue reading

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political neutrality in schools

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0In Vermont, an English and social studies teacher gave his students this item in a vocabulary quiz. They were asked to choose the correct word in the parenthesis: I wish Bush would be (coherent, eschewed) for once … Continue reading

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Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0 In the National Gallery this morning, I was looking at a Madonna and Child by Antonio Rossellino (I show a detail here). It’s a low-relief sculpture carved about 1475. Look at the pillow at the bottom … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Too much turkey and talk to post anything here today. I endorse Russell Arben Fox’s defense of holidays like this one.

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Galston on the Democrats

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The graph to the right shows the popularity of the Democrats and Republicans as recorded in NBC News/Wall Street Journal polls. Note the decline for the GOP and the failure of the Democrats to budge upwards even … Continue reading

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options for Iraq

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Nothing is more important than having concrete alternatives for America’s future in Iraq. There cannot be a useful–or even a barely dignified–debate until there are choices on the table. If the debate is only about whether Bush … Continue reading

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civic opportunities

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Two emails arrived over the weekend that advertised important civic work. First, in hard-hit industrial northeastern Ohio, the Knight Foundation is supporting an elaborate process called “Voices and Choices.” Through this process, thousands of residents will help … Continue reading

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Redeem the Vote: evangelical politics in a civic vein

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I just had a good conversation with Randy Brinson, chairman of Redeem the Vote, with whom I’ve talked several times before. If you look at the Redeem the Vote website, you’ll see a strongly conservative political organization … Continue reading

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ethics of international intervention

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0This afternoon, I will guest-teach a public policy seminar for a friend who’s in Venezuela on a Fulbright. The topic of the day is international intervention. When is it appropriate (or obligatory) to impose sanctions or invade … Continue reading

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