Monthly Archives: October 2012

dispatches from the Civic Renewal field

Facebook3 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 3Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer is Executive Director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse and founder and former President of AmericaSpeaks.  I have read the manuscript of her forthcoming book entitled Bringing Citizen Voices to the Table: A … Continue reading

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what does an election forecast mean?

Facebook4 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 4On Oct. 4, Nate Silver “forecast” (that is the label of his graph) that Barack Obama had an 87.1% chance of winning the November election. Ten days later, he said that Obama’s chance was 62.9%. Princeton’s Sam … Continue reading

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are we entering a post-truth era?

Facebook92 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 92When the returns are in, just about half the people, those who voted for the loser, will have to ask themselves how seriously they believe the campaign orators who told them that democracy was lost if their … Continue reading

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reforming civic education

Facebook11 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 11In lieu of a substantive blog post here today, I’d like to invite people to read my Huffington Post essay entitled “What We Need to Do About Civic Education” (and, if you are so moved, to like … Continue reading

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major CIRCLE study of state policies for civics

Facebook5 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 5Yesterday, we released a study of all the states’ standards, course requirements, and tests related to civic education. The American Enterprise Institute’s Program on American Citizenship says, “New CIRCLE Research Confirms: Civic Education Lacking in Most States.” … Continue reading

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Haunted House

Facebook10 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 10Last week I slept in an old B&B, Victorian, Midwestern, built to convey High respectability: a house for A father of its foursquare, limestone town. Now it wears a bohemian skrim, Offering brownies and soy granola. There … Continue reading

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the changing role of email in our lives

Facebook5 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 5(Chicago) I have the habit of saving all non-spam emails and preserving my old email archives whenever I get a new computer. I saved 22 incoming emails from 1994, and 17,926 so far from 2012. It took … Continue reading

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unemployment and civic engagement: the video

Facebook2 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 2(Bloomington, IN) This video shows former White House Domestic Policy Council director John Bridgeland, Federal Reserve Governor Sarah Bloom Raskin, Knight Foundation Vice President Paula Ellis, Corporation for National and Community Service CEO Wendy Spencer, and me … Continue reading

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California Civic Engagement Project

Facebook13 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 13I am in Indiana but wanted to note the official launch of the California Civic Engagement Project. Housed at UC-Davis, the Project seeks to collect and analyze data on civic engagement in the nation’s largest state, where … Continue reading

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why we wish that goodness brought happiness, and why that is not so

Facebook9 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 9Socrates: Yes, indeed, Polus, that is my doctrine; the men and women who are gentle and good are also happy, as I maintain, and the unjust and evil are miserable. Polus: Then, according to your doctrine, the … Continue reading

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