Monthly Archives: April 2006

more discussion of school policy

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Harry Brighouse at Crooked Timber has written a response to my recent post on “major strategies for educational reform.” There are a few interesting comments on the Crooked Timber page. I was struck by one person’s claim: … Continue reading

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privatizing the neighborhood

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0My colleague Bob Nelson has an article in Reason that’s derived from his book, Private Neighborhoods and the Transformation of Local Government. Nelson makes proposals that will appeal to Reason‘s core audience of libertarians; but they could … Continue reading

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Judas, priest

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I don’t know much about gnosticism, but it’s interesting to compare the newly translated gnostic “Gospel of Judas” with the four canonical gospels as works of literature. The contrast that jumps out at everyone concerns plot and … Continue reading

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should we teach patriotism?

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I suspect that most Americans want schools to teach patriotism. However, experts on education are, for the most part, leery of this goal. In a CIRCLE working paper (pdf), William Damon writes: The final, and most serious, … Continue reading

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the world of DailyKos

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0In the New York Review of Books, Bill McKibben reviews a new book by the bloggers Jerome Armstrong and Markos Moulitsas Z?niga, Crashing the Gate: Netroots, Grassroots, and the Rise of People-Powered Politics. He uses the opportunity … Continue reading

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people who are wrong

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I don’t usually use this space to pounce on statements I disagree with, but lately I’ve been saving a list:

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federal budget trends

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0This graph from today’s New York Times, although it doesn’t break any news, provides essential information for citizens–the kind of substantive context that people need but rarely get. Some observations: As the Times notes, 80% of the … Continue reading

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major strategies for educational reform

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0American public education has been subjected to waves of reform, but much remains constant from generation to generation. Perhaps out of frustration with the slow pace of change, today’s advocates and policymakers–whether conservative, centrist, or moderately liberal–now … Continue reading

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thickening to empire

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Robinson Jeffers, “Shine, Perishing Republic” (1924) While this America settles in the mould of its vulgarity, heavily thickening to empire And protest, only a bubble in the molten mass, pops and sighs out, and the mass hardens, … Continue reading

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political equity

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Although some degree of economic inequality is inevitable or even desirable, all citizens should be equals before the law and government. However, in practice, people with more money and education tend to be more politically effective and … Continue reading

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