Monthly Archives: September 2014

summit on civic engagement and higher education

Facebook67 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 67MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE, Mass.—In collaboration with the White House, Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service will convene higher education leaders to examine the important topics of civic engagement and active citizenship at a Civic … Continue reading

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the history of civics and news literacy education

Facebook11 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 11I’m in Chicago for Poynter’s News Literacy Summit, entitled “Because News Matters.” Participants promote (to varying degrees) such outcomes as: following and understanding the news, taking informed action as citizens, understanding how the media work, critically interpreting … Continue reading

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Dr. Tim Eatman at Frontiers

Facebook15 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 15To end the week, here is a video from Frontiers of Democracy 2014. It shows Dr. Tim Eatman, Co-director of Imagining America at Syracuse University, talking about “The Center of the Civic.” And not only talking–Tim has the … Continue reading

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the Brennan Center’s Student Voting Guide

Facebook3 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 3(Orlando, FL) The laws governing registration and voting are confusing, rapidly changing, sometimes deliberately restrictive, and different in every state. In our 2012 youth survey, we found that substantial majorities of 18-29-year-olds did not know or misunderstood … Continue reading

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beyond small is beautiful

Facebook20 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 20(Orlando, FL) So many of the initiatives that I admire happen to be small: classrooms devoted to reflection and service, deliberative meetings of citizens, one-on-one interviews with community organizers, efforts to restore wetlands and woods. Their leaders do … Continue reading

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Illinois adopting the “C3” Social Studies framework

Facebook13 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 13This is exciting news for me as a co-author of the College, Career and Civic (C3) Framework for the Social Studies, a long-time ally of the Illinois Civic Mission Coalition, and a friend of Shawn Healy: State Superintendent of … Continue reading

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Jonathan Haidt’s six foundations of morality

Facebook10 Twitter0 Google+2Total: 12Jonathan Haidt and colleagues propose that human beings have six different areas of moral concern: care, fairness, liberty, loyalty, authority, and purity. They argue that individuals and cultures differ in how they define and value these six … Continue reading

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social capital and economic mobility

Facebook17 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 17My colleagues and I have a stream of work that argues that civic engagement is valuable economically–it helps the individuals who engage and their whole communities. I would never argue that civic engagement is the only thing that matters; an … Continue reading

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was Montaigne a relativist?

Facebook12 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 12The most interestingly radical form of cultural relativism has three elements, I think: People’s norms, habits, values, and ways of thinking are pervasively diverse. The variation is not so much among individuals as among large groups; or … Continue reading

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Civic Studies article

Facebook18 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 18My new article entitled “Civic Studies,” in Philosophy and Public Policy Quarterly (Vol 32, No 1 (2014) is meant to be an overview in just a few pages. I also argue for the importance of conservative thought … Continue reading

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