Monthly Archives: June 2018

Democrats have a good chance of controlling at least one House of Congress in 2019

Facebook12 Twitter0Total12Political prognostication is a fool’s game and arguably a distraction from the important work of citizens, which is to influence–not to forecast–the future. But I can’t resist. Recent projections give the Democrats anywhere from a 39% to a 58% … Continue reading

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coming soon: Democracy’s Discontent and Civic Learning

Facebook22 Twitter0Total22Now available for pre-ordering is Charles S. White (ed.), Democracy’s Discontent and Civic Learning: Multiple Perspectives. Chapters include: “The Populist Moment,” by William A. Galston. “Populism, Democracy, and the Education of Citizens,” by Thomas S. Vontz and J. Spencer Clark, (with … Continue reading

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new survey on Americans’ views of democracy

Facebook24 Twitter0Total24(Salt Lake City, Utah) Freedom House, the George W. Bush Institute, and the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement have released a new national survey on Americans’ attitudes toward democracy. The headline finding is that Americans value democratic … Continue reading

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convicted by their conscience: the rule of law, judgment, and writing in The New Testament

Facebook7 Twitter0Total7John 8:3-11: 3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, The “scribes and Pharisees” arrive as an undifferentiated group. They act in concert. No names … Continue reading

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why autocrats are winning (right now) #DemFront #DemFront18

Facebook12 Twitter0Total12During the opening session of Frontiers of Democracy last night, Hardy Merriman from the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict showed this graph from Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan. It shows that nonviolent social movements were strikingly successful at achieving their own stated … Continue reading

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civic education that is less about the state

Facebook34 Twitter0Total34We are completing the tenth (!) annual Summer Institute of Civic Studies, which revolves around the three schools of civic theory outlined below. (Each “school” encompasses diverse views and criticisms.) Today we talked about what these theories would mean … Continue reading

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the prospects for an evangelical turn against Trump

Facebook16 Twitter0Total16Not long after Donald Trump’s inauguration, I met with a conservative evangelical pastor near his church in a small city in one of the most conservative of the Southern states. He told me how deeply he despised and feared … Continue reading

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federal research funding available for civics

Facebook7 Twitter0Total7US Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES): FUNDING OPPORTUNITY FOR R&D and EVALUATION in SOCIAL STUDIES IES has released its 2019 Request for Applications (RFA) through its Research Grants Program. See: The RFA includes a new Special Topic for Social … Continue reading

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Sessions and the fate of Herod

Facebook11 Twitter0Total11In case you missed it, Jeff Sessions defended his policy of seizing children at the border with the words, “I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the … Continue reading

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call for papers: New England Philosophy of Education Society

Facebook4 Twitter0Total4The New England Philosophy of Education Society will meet at Tufts on Oct. 20, co-sponsored by Tisch College. Proposals are due on July 15, emailed to More details here. The theme is the “Self in Relation: Ways of Knowing, … Continue reading

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