Monthly Archives: February 2008

testing, testing

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Cambridge, MA) I have spent the last two days reviewing, editing, and occasionally creating test items for the National Assessment in Education Progress (NAEP) in Civics, which will be given to a large and representative sample of … Continue reading

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inequality in youth participation

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0About one in four college students and young college graduates have been voting in the 2008 primary season. But only about half of young Americans attend college. For those with no college experience, the voter turnout rate … Continue reading

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levers of democracy

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(On an airplane over Ohio) Let’s assume that you want to increase the quantity, equality, impact, and quality of political participation. Which institutions would give you the most leverage? Put another way, by reforming or enlisting which … Continue reading

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Dewey’s lost chance

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Dayton, OH) On my way to a meeting with two of its authors (and others), I read Dewey’s Dream: Universities and Democracies in an Age of Education Reform (Temple, 2007), by Lee Benson, Ira Harkavy, and John … Continue reading

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the word “populism”

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0A European reporter asked me today why there is so much alarm about “populist” politicians in Europe–such as Jean Marie Le Pen in France and the late Pim Fortuyn in Netherlands–whereas American politicians with similar views seem … Continue reading

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we’re moving to Tufts!

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0During the summer of 2008, CIRCLE will move to Tufts University, becoming part of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service. My family and I will be moving to the Boston area as well. … Continue reading

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chamber music

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Last Saturday in Syracuse, my Mom and I heard the Rossetti String Quartet play works by Mozart, Dvorak, and Debussey. Such events always provoke nostalgia for me, because chamber music used to play a very important role … Continue reading

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an opening for the news media

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0David Carr, a financial reporter for the New York Times, argues that the rising youth turnout rate offers the news media an opportunity to expand their audience among young people. He quotes me, saying, “I think that … Continue reading

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one “gotcha” interview that didn’t work

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Syracuse, NY) It’s fun for reporters to pick out young people on the street and ask them hard, policy-wonk questions to show that they don’t know anything. This, however, was the wrong young man to condescend to:

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expertise in education

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Syracuse, NY) This evening, I will participate in a panel at Syracuse University on the topic: “Who Knows Best How to Educate You for Citizenship?” My co-panelists will be Samuel Gorovitz, professor of philosophy, and George Saunders, … Continue reading

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