Monthly Archives: April 2008

racial classification as an illustration of complexity in government

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’ve spent the last two days helping to advise the government on the design of background questions that will accompany the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), a test-like survey of American kids. The background questions are … Continue reading

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“social citizens”

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Here is Allison Fine’s important new paper for the Case Foundation on young citizens and the Internet. It’s an excellent summary. As I read the first 50 pages, which are mostly celebratory, I kept asking questions about … Continue reading

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the Joseph Levine memorial

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The memorial celebration for Dad was wonderfully life affirming. All the speakers gave thoughtful, carefully crafted speeches and collectively recalled most aspects of his life, from his skillful and dedicated parenting to his civic participation to his … Continue reading

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three different ways of thinking about the value of nature

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0These are three conflicting or rival positions: 1. People value nature, and the best measure of how much they value it is how much they would be willing to pay for it. Actual market prices may not … Continue reading

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memorial service for Joe Levine

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0We’re on our way to Syracuse today so that we can attend my Dad’s memorial service at Syracuse University’s Hendrick’s Chapel on Saturday afternoon at 3. The speakers include the following good friends: ♦ Dean Cathryn R. … Continue reading

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an open Embassy

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0 The Swedish Embassy in Washington is a gift to our city. It’s a Nordic modernist building right on the Potomac, with a public esplanade that helps form a continuous riverfront walkway. The building itself is made … Continue reading

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an unsolicited, but welcome, endorsement

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0“CIRCLE is a critical resource for groups like the Hip Hop Caucus and others who are trying to engage young people in the political process. Research directs our strategy for our work in the community, and the … Continue reading

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against legalizing prostitution

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The Eliot Spitzer fiasco generated some blog posts (which I neglected to bookmark) arguing that prostitution should be legal. The bloggers I read acknowledged that Governor Spitzer should be liable for breaking the law, but they argued … Continue reading

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what I’d like Europeans to know about us

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I try not to be thin-skinned about European anti-Americanism. They have legitimate complaints, and besides, we’re the great power and ought to be able to handle criticism. People around the world hold other negative stereotypes (for instance, … Continue reading

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how presidential campaigns are changing

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Ronald Brownstein writes in the National Journal, “In scope and sweep, tactics and scale, the marathon struggle between Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton has triggered such a vast evolutionary leap in the way candidates pursue the … Continue reading

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