Monthly Archives: November 2012

service-learning tips for elementary school teachers

Facebook29 Twitter0Total29I’m going to meet today with the faculty of an urban k-8 school that has adopted service-learning as a pervasive strategy. I’ve personally conducted service-learning with high school and college students and have helped study the effects of service-learning … Continue reading

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the battle within the GOP

Facebook4 Twitter0Total4On Sept. 20, I told Lee-Anne Goodman of the Canadian Press (the national wire service of Canada): “Trying to interpret why a party lost a campaign is always a blood sport, in every country, and anyone pushing an ideological … Continue reading

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the Netter Center for Community Partnerships

Facebook4 Twitter0Total4(Philadelphia, PA) I am at the University of Pennsylvania along with about 500 colleagues who have come here to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Penn’s Netter Center for Community Partnerships. The Netter Center connects an Ivy League University to … Continue reading

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Notes on Gerard Manley Hopkins’ Spring and Fall

Facebook5 Twitter0Total5Spring and Fall by Gerard Manley Hopkins to a young child Márgarét, áre you gríeving Over Goldengrove unleaving? Leáves, like the things of man, you With your fresh thoughts care for, can you? Ah! ás the heart grows older … Continue reading

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the youth vote in the media

Facebook8 Twitter0Total8I think the press has been doing a good job covering the youth vote. That is by no means guaranteed. In 2004, youth turnout rose, but the dominant storyline held that youth voting had declined. The narrow reason for … Continue reading

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the surprising youth vote

Facebook41 Twitter0Total41I am in the FOX News Green Room, getting ready to talk about why youth turnout was strong and young people supported the President. In fact, we have demonstrated that the youth vote was essential to Obama’s victory. I … Continue reading

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exclusive youth turnout estimates from CIRCLE

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0In a biennial ritual, my CIRCLE colleagues and I will be working most of the night to calculate the youth turnout from the 2012 election. At this moment, the National Exit Polls are reporting that youth represented 19% of … Continue reading

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how has the experience of campaigning for Obama changed from 2008 to 2012?

Facebook5 Twitter0Total5This is really a request for comments and insights, especially from people who worked for Obama in both ’08 and this year. Of course, the situation has changed in many ways, and a presidential re-election campaign is necessarily different … Continue reading

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the consolation of philosophy

Facebook5 Twitter0Total5Most of the ancient schools taught that investigating the eternal questions is a source of equanimity and solace in a merciless world beyond our control. From 8:30-3:30 today, I am the director of a research center that studies American … Continue reading

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the difficulty of voting is a feature, not a bug

Facebook9 Twitter0Total9This graph, derived from CIRCLE’s recent polls of young adults, shows that most under-30s do not know three basic facts about voting laws in their own state: when they have to register, whether they can vote early, and whether … Continue reading

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