Monthly Archives: March 2009

national service passes

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0Today, Congress passed the GIVE Act, also known as the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which will expand AmeriCorps by 170,000 positions and direct much of the service toward three national priorities: reducing the high school dropout rate, … Continue reading

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strategic and open-ended politics

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0The Washington, DC public school where my daughter used to study and my wife used to teach is a little chaotic, inefficient, and inequitable, but it is also very diverse, participatory, and tolerant. It has its successes: academic, ethical, … Continue reading

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the purposes of the humanities

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0I just heard an anecdote: several candidates for president of a major university were asked about the purposes of the humanities. All but one talked in terms of “art appreciation.” As a result, the committee–which included scholars from the … Continue reading

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civic engagement of non-college bound youth

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0At CIRCLE, we are primarily interested in the civic engagement of disadvantaged or marginalized young people. One simple definition of that group is people who are not on course to attend college. This is a slideshow about them and … Continue reading

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out of time for a blog today

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0I’m obsessive enough to blog daily–since January 2003–but this is one of those days that was long enough (with travel, meetings, and various kinds of work) that my brain is now completely out of power. Back online tomorrow.

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Arne Duncan on schools as community centers

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0I happen to be flying to Chicago today for a meeting on young people and civic engagement. The Chicago Public Schools were led by Arne Duncan until President Obama made him Secretary of Education. Many people who want to … Continue reading

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an accelerating cascade of pearls (on Galileo and Tintoretto)

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0This is a detail of Tintoretto’s “Tarquin and Lucretia” (1578-1580), which belongs to the Art Institute of Chicago but is now in Boston for the astounding exhibition entitled “Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice.” (Probably never before have … Continue reading

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our dog can read

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0This is my wife, Laura, a reading specialist, with our dog Barkley, age 8 months.

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making tests

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0I’m at the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, NJ, helping them to cook up a test. There are many cooks at work on this particular broth. In fact, what strikes me most about the process of designing a national … Continue reading

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the administration’s civic engagement agenda

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0This is a very interesting report of a meeting convened by Beth Noveck, the new director of the White House open government initiative. Participants included many of the best scholars and practitioners in the field, and the discussion summary … Continue reading

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