Monthly Archives: April 2006

the “common good”

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0(Wisconsin) Thanks to regular reader Joe Sinatra, I recently read an article in which Michael Tomasky argued that the Democrats should use the language of “the common good” instead of emphasizing rights for various groups. David Brooks then did … Continue reading

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social change from an individual’s perspective

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0(On a flight to Milwaukee): At a meeting earlier this week, experts and advocates debated data on the civic participation of particular disadvantaged groups. The groups we were talking about don’t vote or volunteer, according to surveys conducted by … Continue reading

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more on teaching patriotism

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0On Crooked Timber, Harry Brighouse has replied to my previous post about patriotism in schools. He is skeptical, mainly on the (reasonable) ground that patriotism causes or excuses partiality toward one’s fellow citizens, and such partiality is particularly problematic … Continue reading

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what should we get for $44 billion?

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0(New York City) The director of national intelligence, John D. Negroponte, recently disclosed that 100,000 people work for the US intelligence agencies. Not long before that disclosure, his deputy, Mary Margaret Graham, let slip that the intelligence budget of … Continue reading

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“a concerted pushback”

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0(En route to Baltimore and New York City) In general, Americans are abandoning our obligation to prepare young people for active and responsible citizenship, but there was good news last week for those who want to revive civic education–which … Continue reading

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national essence

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0If you’ve spent substantial time in a second country, you probably recognize certain qualities of everyday life that distinguish that nation from your own: for example, the smell of common cleaning products, the items on menus of cheap eateries, … Continue reading

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we pledge allegiance to the flags

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a picture is worth 1,000 words

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0Sometimes, when I think about the state of civic engagement in America, I just want to make a face …

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on generals criticizing their bosses

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0A lot of us are hoping that the retired generals who are criticizing Defense Secretary Rumsfeld will prevail. That’s because we think–or hope–that they have the right views about Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib, about the huge strategic mistakes that … Continue reading

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from the periphery to the center

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0Today was the public launch of the advisory committee of the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools. The committe’s co-chairs, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Gov. Roy Romer (now the head of the Los Angeles public schools), spoke … Continue reading

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