Monthly Archives: December 2017

holiday blogging break

Facebook2 Twitter0Total2We are heading overseas; back to the US and online on January 2.

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sorting out human welfare, equity and mobility

Facebook15 Twitter0Total15Here are three distinct goals that you might pursue if you see education as a means to improve a society. All three are plausible, but they can conflict, and I think we should sort out where we stand on … Continue reading

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Generation Justice wins the Everyday Democracy Paul and Joyce Aicher Leadership in Democracy Award

Facebook16 Twitter0Total16(Hartford, CT) I’m in Hartford for a board meeting of the Paul J. Aicher Foundation, whose project is Everyday Democracy. This is a good moment to highlight the first Paul and Joyce Aicher Leadership in Democracy Award, which Everyday … Continue reading

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why study social justice?

Facebook13 Twitter0Total13I just finished teaching a philosophy course in which the primary question was “How should I live?” We spent some time reading and thinking about personal and internal questions, such as what constitutes happiness and truthfulness and whether those … Continue reading

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youth in the Alabama Senate race

Facebook9 Twitter0Total9CIRCLE estimates that 23% of young Alabamians voted in yesterday’s special election. Just for a rough turnout comparison, 21.5% of youth in the United States as a whole voted in the 2014 election. We would normally expect turnout to … Continue reading

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100Kin10 as a model of education reform

Facebook14 Twitter0Total14The Clinton Foundation recently hosted a small roundtable discussion led by Chelsea Clinton and made up of funders and civic education organizations. The purpose was to learn about the¬†100Kin10¬†model. Although 100Kin10 is concerned with STEM education, it is also … Continue reading

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Civic Studies video introduction

Facebook24 Twitter0Total24This is a 16-minute talk in which I offer my own summary of “Civic Studies,” the nascent field that emerged with “The New Civic Politics: Civic Theory and Practice for the Future,” a 2007 manifesto, and has since developed … Continue reading

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Has Tolstoy been refuted by sabermetrics?

Facebook3 Twitter0Total3(New York City) In War & Peace, Tolstoy rejects the “great man theory of history.” Napoleon caused nothing, Tolstoy says; events just swept the emperor along with them. An example is the decisive battle of Borodino. Each foot soldier … Continue reading

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Billy Collins, The Night House

Facebook13 Twitter0Total13Thanks to my friend Sterling Speirn, here is a wise poem about the relationship between the private life and the public life (“the grass of civics, the grass of money”). It’s by Billy Collins. Collins interprets civic and economic … Continue reading

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why the deliberative democracy framework doesn’t quite work for me

Facebook68 Twitter0Total68In some ways, I came of age in the field of deliberative democracy. I had an internship at the Kettering Foundation when I was a college sophomore (when the foundation defined itself more purely in deliberative terms than it … Continue reading

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