Monthly Archives: February 2014

the Common Core and civic education

Facebook47 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 47The Common Core is a powerful reform movement in education. State standards are regulatory documents that prescribe the expected outcomes, the content, and (to some extent) the pedagogy used in our public schools. The forty-five states that have … Continue reading

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We are the Ones on WPFW

Facebook4 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 4WPFW 89.3 FM (Pacifica Radio in Washington, DC and environs) has chosen “We are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For” as the theme of their pledge drive this year. People who pledge $50 to the station … Continue reading

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syllabus of an undergraduate course on civic studies

Facebook17 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 17An Introduction to Civic Studies: Theories for a Better World Overview: “Civic studies” is a nascent discipline that looks at social problems from the perspective of a citizen and asks tough questions about what we should do, … Continue reading

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my father’s books are going to James Madison’s desk at Montpelier

Facebook131 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 131(Syracuse, NY) My father, Joseph M. Levine, collected more than 20,000 books as a working library of a professional historian. Many were published before 1800. I am a sort of trustee for this collection, happily responsible for … Continue reading

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do marijuana ballot initiatives raise youth turnout?

Facebook5 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 5We are cited in a couple of recent news articles about whether potential marijuana-legalization ballot measures in Arizona, California, Florida, Massachusetts, Maine, Montana and Nevada could encourage young people to vote in 2014 or 2016. (See Toluse … Continue reading

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looking for your own central ideas

Facebook25 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 25I have been suggesting that people map their own moral opinions as networks and critically examine the shapes that result. My students are doing that (because they have to), and some friends are doing it voluntarily. See … Continue reading

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citizens, stakeholders, publics, interest groups?

Facebook6 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 6Last semester, as part of Tufts’ Water Diplomacy program, we discussed with MIT professor Larry Susskind a paper in which he advocated for “involving stakeholders before [important] decisions are made.”* In the ensuing discussion, I wrote down … Continue reading

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what is privilege?

Facebook16 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 16What do we mean when we say “privilege,” in a political or social context? Here are some valid everyday uses of the word: “It is a real privilege to be here tonight.” “Playing football is a privilege, … Continue reading

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Calling applicants for the Sixth Annual Summer Institute of Civic Studies at Tufts University’s Tisch College (July 7 through July 18, 2014)

Facebook22 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 22The sixth annual Summer Institute of Civic Studies will be an intensive, two-week, interdisciplinary seminar that considers civic theories and civic practices as part of an effort to develop the new field of civic studies. To date, … Continue reading

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