Monthly Archives: May 2016

education, humanities, social science majors vote more than students in STEM fields

Facebook66 Twitter0Total66Medford/Somerville, MA – The National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) at Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life today released an analysis of the voting patterns of millions of college students, examining voter rates by … Continue reading

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why Hillary Clinton appears untrustworthy

Facebook26 Twitter0Total26Philippe Boulet-Gercourt has a long article in the French magazine L’Obs (formerly Le Nouvel Observateur) entitled “The Ten Sins of Hillary.” He quotes me saying, “I see her as someone very sensitive to what is possible and what is not, you watch her thinking in real-time, seeking … Continue reading

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social capital makes the labor market more fluid

Facebook12 Twitter0Total12In 2012, Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, Chaeyoon Lim, and I published research for the National Conference on Citizenship showing a strong link between the civic engagement of cities and states and their economic performance after the great recession of 2007-9. Ours was a correlational study with … Continue reading

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three ages

Facebook9 Twitter0Total9 1. The sidewalk is significant. Its ridges hamper wheels, Its cracks harbor meadows And little things with wills. It is safe–the street, maleficent. It is hard–it doles out blows. 2. The sidewalk barely registers: Eyes on faces, signs, … Continue reading

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the #1 goal of civics: making kids interested

Facebook34 Twitter0Total34Washington (DC): I am on a civics road trip: the First Annual Civics Literacy Conference in Massachusetts, an advisory board meeting for iCivics inside the Supreme Court building, and then a meeting with executive branch people. The public discourse … Continue reading

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Walter de la Mare, Fare Well

Facebook4 Twitter1Total5Derek Walcott says that he always “cherished” the poem “Fare Well” by Walter de la Mare “because of its melody and its plaintiveness.” I think Walcott proceeds to recite it from memory rather than read it, because his spoken rendition differs in … Continue reading

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the remarkable persistence of social advantage

Facebook22 Twitter0Total22Matthew Yglesias draws attention to a study showing that if you were wealthy in Florence in 1427, there is a statistically significant greater chance that your descendants are wealthy in Florence today (where “wealth” is defined as your relative standing atop the economic … Continue reading

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the Massachusetts Citizens Initiative Review

Facebook36 Twitter0Total36A Citizens Initiative Review is a very clever innovation. A randomly selected jury of citizens assesses a pending ballot initiative or referendum, deliberates, and produces an explanation (and in some versions, an opinion) of the measure that is disseminated to the … Continue reading

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who says that binary thinking is Western?

Facebook7 Twitter0Total7I often hear that binary oppositions are typical of Western thought. The implication is that “we” should strive to avoid being trapped by such oppositions. To be sure, certain distinctions (white/non-white, male/female, Christian/non-Christian) are the basis of injustices. Those distinctions have been important … Continue reading

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youth turnout in the primaries

Facebook8 Twitter0Total8Follow CIRCLE for all the news on young people in the primaries and caucuses. The team reports that about 25% of West Virginia’s young people voted, many for Senator Bernie Sanders. The state’s turnout rate surpassed that of Iowa (11%), … Continue reading

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