Monthly Archives: September 2010

what our social studies teachers think

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The American Enterprise Institute has released a new survey called “High Schools, Civics, and Citizenship: What Social Studies Teachers Think and Do.” I know four of the authors and respect their work in general as well as … Continue reading

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educating youth for better politics

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0That is the title of today’s blog post. The text is not here but on the Huffington Post. I co-wrote it with Scott Warren and Alison Cohen of Generation Citizen, and it’s about the civic achievement gap … Continue reading

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book talks on civic engagement

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0This fall, please join these four authors for discussions of their new books. Sept 9, Noon-2 pm, Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Hall Henry Milner The Internet Generation: Engaged Citizens or Political Dropouts Tufts University Press, 2010 Henry … Continue reading

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the heart, the head, and who you vote for

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Nansook Park and Christopher Peterson ask people to rank themselves on a battery of strengths that are “intellectual and self-oriented” (such as curiosity, judgment, and appreciation of beauty) and a set of “strengths that are emotional and … Continue reading

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reflections after a videoconference

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I just finished three consecutive meetings that addressed versions of the same questions: How can universities prepare young people for active democratic citizenship? And how can such efforts be measured and assessed? The first meeting involved Tufts … Continue reading

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making our own mosque

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0With all the controversy about building a mosque in Lower Manhattan (not to mention various bills and laws against erecting minarets in Europe), I thought this might be a good time to recycle a photo of the … Continue reading

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the righteousness that is the special entitlement of homogeneous groups

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I am always torn when I hear discussions about the “fragmentation” of American culture or politics, because fragmentation also means diversity and freedom. Yet there are real disadvantages to losing a common dialog. Bill Bishop has written … Continue reading

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the Project Vote survey

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Today, Project Vote released a survey of the current opinions of people who voted in 2008. (They randomly sampled from a list of actual voters, which is available from official rolls, so no one in their sample … Continue reading

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the meaning of Michelle Rhee’s defeat

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Last week, Democratic primary voters dismissed the incumbent mayor of Washington, DC, Adrian Fenty. It looks virtually certain that DC Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee will also be on her way out. She was the most prominent school … Continue reading

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Justice Ginsburg at the National Conference on Citizenship

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (following the example of justices O’Connor, Souter, Breyer, and Scalia) is speaking at the National Conference on Citizenship. It’s helpful for the Supreme Court–and the judicial branch in general–to endorse civic engagement and … Continue reading

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