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Joseph Kahne
Joseph Kahne is the John and Martha Davidson Professor of Education at Mills College. He currently chairs the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics His work concerns the ways educational initiatives and participation with digital media can influence the quality, quantity, and equality of youth civic and political participation (see

Entries by Joseph Kahne

Should Graduation Speakers Talk About Improving the World?

(2) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 5:51 PM

It's high school graduation season. A time for speeches that remind youth to draw on their talents to make their communities and the world a better place. As an educator who focuses on ways to support youth civic engagement, I love those speeches. But, they do leave me wondering, if...

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If Teachers Moderated Presidential Debates

(28) Comments | Posted October 31, 2012 | 6:12 PM

Could we please have teachers moderate the debates? They might not be perfect, but they would be better.

The debate on foreign policy last week was particularly troubling. Now I'm not suggesting that the teacher should grade the candidates, but would it have been too much to ask Bob...

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Political Pioneers or Bed Texters?

(1) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 11:16 AM

When it comes to technology, young people, and politics, youth are characterized as either having started the Arab Spring with only their cell phones or as slackers who've dropped out of school to play video games and text friends all day from bed. It seems pundits and the public do...

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Congress Decides Literacy is a Bridge to Nowhere

(4) Comments | Posted March 15, 2011 | 11:29 AM

I'm told George Burns once said, "I've been reading so much about the dangers of smoking cigars, that I've finally decided... to give up reading."

Apparently, many in Congress find Burns' perspective compelling. House Republicans recently pushed through mid-year budget cuts that eliminate support for major literacy programs. One...

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Is the Virtual World Good For the "Real" One?

(15) Comments | Posted February 23, 2011 | 1:34 PM

In a cartoon depicting the evolution of Good Samaritanism in the digital age, a man walks by a homeless person lying on the street and does nothing. In the next frame, he is at his computer -- "What's this?!! Sally needs a bag of fertilizer for her Farmville...

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