Monthly Archives: June 2017

starting the 9th annual Summer Institute of Civic Studies

Facebook49 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 49The 9th annual Summer Institute of Civic Studies begins this morning and continues for two weeks, with 6½ hours of seminar discussion daily.  This year’s participants hold degrees in religion and literature, social policy, social welfare, international relations, political theory, philosophy, … Continue reading

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on teaching the US Constitution

Facebook62 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 62Today at a Social Science Education Consortium meeting, Walter Parker is presenting his fine paper with Sheila Valencia and Jane Lo entitled “Going for Depth in Civic Education: A Design Experiment,” and I am replying. Parker and colleagues … Continue reading

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how political knowledge related to opinions in 2016

Facebook3 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 3Last fall, the American National Election Study asked a representative sample of Americans four factual-knowledge questions about government: which party controlled the House and the Senate, how long a Senator’s term lasts, and which federal program costs the … Continue reading

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Mindlessness: A Sonnet

Facebook13 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 13I’m striving to be a little less present. You need the attention of our group. Your anxious eyes, urgent words convey a gripe; They sketch a threat you’re sure is prescient. But I’m counting syllables in my … Continue reading

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don’t let the behavioral revolution make you fatalistic

Facebook5 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 5 Beginning in the late 1960s, Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman shook the prevailing assumption that human beings can plan and make decisions rationally. Their experiments demonstrated that we use “simplifying heuristics rather than extensive algorithmic processing” to make … Continue reading

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it’s no accident that people distrust institutions

Facebook14 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 14Bill Bishop (who is a terrific reporter and thinker) wrote a Washington Post piece on March 3 entitled “Americans have lost faith in institutions. That’s not because of Trump or ‘fake news.’” The article is illustrated with a … Continue reading

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my working theory of Trump and the Russians

Facebook34 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 34A working hypothesis, subject to being disproven and probably incorrect in several respects: The Putin Government has a list of issues that they perceive as points of conflict with the US and NATO countries. At the top are Syria … Continue reading

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