Monthly Archives: October 2007

markets, schools, and hypocrisy

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0This afternoon, I’m off to Paris for a few days of meetings, about which I hope to blog (if the rules of the conference permit disclosure). I won’t be online again until Monday. Meanwhile, a thought about … Continue reading

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social accountability and public work

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(En route to Baltimore) “Social accountability” means various techniques for getting citizens involved in monitoring government. The World Bank has published a booklet called “From Shouting to Counting” (pdf) that provides examples. In Uganda, the government provides … Continue reading

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civic blogs

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(In Cambridge) I’ve been blogging since early in ’03, and I didn’t used to have much company in the civic field. But I’m very happy to say that there are now several active and well-established civic blogs: … Continue reading

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rumors greatly exaggerated

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(In Cambridge) Anthony DeStefano quotes me in a NY Post article about Simonetta Stefanelli. This actress starred in “The Godfather” at age 17 but is now dead, according to several prominent websites. This upsets her, since she … Continue reading

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global warming: three responses

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(In Cambridge, Mass.) I presume that human beings are causing the world to warm by burning carbon fuels. I know this the same way I know that evolution occurred, that the earth goes around the sun, and … Continue reading

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November Fifth Coalition statement

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The November Fifth Coalition–an assemblage of organizations and individuals devoted to civic renewal in America–has a new statement on its website. The statement will become a petition that people can sign and thereby join an email list … Continue reading

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nostalgia, imagination, redemption

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0On plane rides last week, I very much enjoyed reading Michael Chabon’s The Yiddish Policeman’s Union. Chabon imagines that in 1941, a temporary refuge was created for European Jews around Sitka, Alaska. The piny islands filled with … Continue reading

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college, from scratch

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(On an airplane between Denver and Charlotte): I’m sure people learn something in college, but the evidence is not strong that, on average, they learn very much. Students perform better on assessments of knowledge and critical thinking … Continue reading

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in retreat

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Clinton, TN) I spent yesterday in the office of a Washington, DC law firm, which Streetlaw was borrowing for a board retreat. We sat around a marble table in suits and ate delicious catered food for lunch. … Continue reading

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face validity and value-judgments

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0It’s very common in psychology (and in all the disciplines influenced by psychology) to construct scales that measure mental constructs. We can’t directly observe confidence, responsibility, spatial awareness, or any type of intelligence. But such mental constructs … Continue reading

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