Monthly Archives: October 2006

the republic of conscience

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0At Campus Compact’s 20th anniversary, Mary Robinson gave the keynote address. She is a distinguished lawyer, former President of Ireland, and former UN Commissioner of Human Rights. At one point, in her soft Irish accent, she read … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

the origins of government

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Would this work as a definition of a government? “An institution designed to outlast individual human beings that operates within a fixed geographical territory; it has permanent fiscal accounts, offices with mutually consistent and complementary roles that … Continue reading

Posted in philosophy | 3 Comments

on opportunities and outcomes in education

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Today’s dominant educational legislation, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), requires outcomes–but it does not require opportunities or other “inputs.” Presumably, policymakers were skeptical about the quality of mandated opportunities, even if there were adequate funding. … Continue reading

Posted in education policy | Leave a comment


Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0We’ve been doing a lot of radio lately, because radio news programs seem interested in CIRCLE’s data on young people and civic engagement. Just today, I’m scheduled for a station in Norfolk, Virginia, College Connection (a syndicated … Continue reading

Posted in audio and video, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

school choice

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(O?Hare Airport, Chicago) I just attended a very stimulating large conference on ?values and evidence in educational reform,? organized by Crooked Timber?s Harry Brighouse and the Spencer Foundation. There were panels on standards and testing; charters and … Continue reading

Posted in education policy | Leave a comment

smelling memories

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(On my way back to Chicago for another meeting.) Sit quietly, close your eyes, and recall the scent of a lemon … soy sauce … pepper … gasoline … a baked apple. Inhale through your nose as … Continue reading

Posted in philosophy | 5 Comments

public voice online

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I am writing this post in a public voice. I don’t expect to know most of my readers; therefore, I try to say something that might interest at least a subset of the whole population–a “public.” I … Continue reading

Posted in Internet and public issues | Leave a comment

free speech and school discipline

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The most interesting case discussed at yesterday’s conference involved an assistant principal at a Texas high school. Some of her students had created a MySpace page that ostensibly belonged to her. They made her seem to be … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

free speech online

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’m still in Chicago, now for a meeting on Free Speech in Schools (“a McCormick Tribune Foundation Summit on Youth, the First Amendment, and the Information Age”). Because of the schedule for the day, I don’t expect … Continue reading

Posted in Internet and public issues | Leave a comment

a production of Lear

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Chicago) Last night, I saw King Lear at the Goodman Theater. Stacy Keach was the King, and the director was Robert Falls. It was a “strong” production, in the sense that the director’s choices were bold and … Continue reading

Posted in fine arts, Shakespeare & his world | Leave a comment