Monthly Archives: April 2013

effects of debate, discussion, and simulation in k-12 schools, and persistent civic gaps

Facebook2 Twitter0Total2Today, CIRCLE released a new study entitled “Do Discussion, Debate, and Simulations Boost NAEP Civics Performance?,” by our lead researcher, Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg. The NAEP surveys a representative sample of 26,000 students. It asks them detailed questions about their civic … Continue reading

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Emerson’s advice on how to decline a meeting

Facebook11 Twitter0Total11One of the stresses of modern office work is being called to do more than one thing at the same moment. How painful to decline an important meeting because another event has been scheduled simultaneously, and how often the … Continue reading

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do fixed beliefs prevent reasonable deliberation?

Facebook13 Twitter0Total13In Reasoning: A Social Picture, Anthony Simon Laden (who’s visiting Tufts today) argues that there’s a “standard picture of reasoning” in which the goal is to reach conclusions. You can reason alone, but when people reason together, they assert … Continue reading

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the latest on online political engagement

Facebook10 Twitter0Total10Aaron Smith of the Pew Internet & Public Life Project has released a new report based on Pew’s polling that provides the best current information on how we use the Internet and social media to engage in politics. These … Continue reading

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Syria by Eugenio Montale

Facebook3 Twitter0Total3They said, the ancients, that poetry is a ladder to God. Maybe it’s not like that when you read mine. But the day I knew it, that I had recovered my voice through you–loose as I was in a … Continue reading

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something better than a congressional hearing?

Facebook10 Twitter0Total10Ted Hesson’s story on ABC News/Univision is headlined “Why Congressional Hearings Aren’t Worth Your Time.” It begins, “There’s a major immigration reform hearing in the Senate today. Don’t bother watching it. The general point of holding these hearings is … Continue reading

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how terrorism made me a Bostonian

Facebook25 Twitter0Total25This could be the heart-warming story of a slightly alienated outsider–still relatively new to a city of distinctive character–who realizes that he loves it when he lives through an attack. But I want to explore some problematic aspects of … Continue reading

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who is segregated?

Facebook11 Twitter0Total11The graph below comes from Gary Orfield, John Kucsera, and Genevieve Siegel-Hawley, E Pluribus…Separation: Deepening Double Segregation for More Students. It shows that African American and Latino students attend schools with decreasing numbers of White students. The trend by … Continue reading

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Frontiers of Democracy 2013: Innovations in Civic Practice, Theory, and Education

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0┬áJuly 18-20, 2013, Medford, MA Conference Framing and Session Formats Both in the US and around the world we find ourselves in a dramatic period of civic awakening. We know this work and ideas under different names: public engagement, … Continue reading

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the politics of TED

Facebook19 Twitter0Total19Last year, a minor controversy erupted when liberal millionaire investor Nick Hanauer claimed that his TED talk on economic policy had been banned as too “political.” Chris Anderson, the “curator” of TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design), replied that Hanauer’s … Continue reading

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