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Plato Was an Incompetent Mook

Stephen Whittaker | Posted 08.06.2014 | College
Stephen Whittaker

The current press for either the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) or the Competency-Based Online Course (CBOC) makes clear that the old-style liberal arts colloquium has failed. But here's the thing: the false dilemma is nothing new.

Less Divided than We Look

Will Friedman, Ph.D | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Will Friedman, Ph.D

Are we becoming a more polarized people? Media coverage generally reinforces what is most conflicted about our politics. This adds up to a highly polarized and dysfunctional national politics.

Loyalty and Responsibility

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

We hear so much these day about banks and companies that have become so large they are unable to manage themselves -- that there are so many layers of bureaucracy that illegal and unethical behavior can go undetected for years.

The Power of Questions to Fix Political Reputation

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 07.28.2014 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Disappointingly, though perhaps not surprisingly, voter turnout in Portugal has collapsed from 91.5 percent in 1975, the year of the first democratic elections, to 58.1 percent in the 2011 parliamentary elections.

Beyond Mandela -- South Africa's Lesson for the World

Harry Boyte | Posted 03.14.2014 | Impact
Harry Boyte

Seeing Mandela the movie was another occasion, beyond the funeral, to reflect on what South African experiences have to teach the world.

Citizens: The New Fourth Estate

David Hoffman | Posted 11.10.2013 | Media
David Hoffman

Citizens are the new Fourth Estate. As the new media disrupt the industrial model of information, citizens have become empowered to oversee the doings of their elected representatives. A more direct form of democracy is emerging.

Our Unethical Republic

William E. White | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
William E. White

Obedience to the law is not enough. Americans demand legal and ethical behavior from themselves and their fellow citizens.

The Platypus: Crivelli's "Saint James Major" at the Brooklyn Museum

Daniel Maidman | Posted 07.02.2013 | Arts
Daniel Maidman

Let me share with you a doubt. My doubt is that visual art has all that much of an impact on history. have written many of the essays you've been reading as if art had something to say, and as if it were important. And I believe, more or less - on good days -- that something like this is true.

Global Governance Gets a New Image

Indra Adnan | Posted 04.23.2013 | Impact
Indra Adnan

If you have never heard of Simon Anholt, don't own up to it. Some call him a political entrepreneur, others a global image consultant -- I see him more as a nation therapist, helping countries and more lately, cities, find themselves and their place in the world.

A Brief Thought on "American Duty"

Meredith Hutchison | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics
Meredith Hutchison

It is my right to exercise free speech and it is the government's duty to uphold that right. So, what are my minimum duties as an American to my government, my nation, and my fellow citizens, and how do I know those are my duties?

Reclaiming Populism -- The Citizen Politics of Public Work

Harry Boyte | Posted 11.20.2012 | Politics
Harry Boyte

The populist politics needed in our time is pluralistic, gritty, practical, relational, work-centered, and rooted among the broad citizenry.

What Do You Know About the Constitution?

William E. White | Posted 11.12.2012 | Education
William E. White

Our Constitution is constantly bandied about, quoted, cited, and interpreted by every pundit from every media outlet and every political persuasion. Don't just take their word for it. What do you actually know about the Constitution? What do your children know about the Constitution?

Time for Targeted Taxes

Noam Schimmel | Posted 08.23.2012 | Politics
Noam Schimmel

Americans don't have faith in the government. There are many different reasons for this. What is clear is that improving citizen attitudes towards g...

Teacher Bashing

William E. White | Posted 09.02.2012 | Education
William E. White

I am fed up with teacher-bashing. It seems everyone is willing to belittle teachers. But these same critics are not willing to step forward and do the job themselves.

STHEM, Not STEM

William E. White | Posted 08.05.2012 | Education
William E. White

Our students must understand that education is not about preparing them just for the workforce. Education should prepare them to be citizens of their communities, their states, and the nation.

Civic Science -- Beyond the Knowledge Wars

Harry Boyte | Posted 07.31.2012 | College
Harry Boyte

Civic science builds on a rich history of efforts to translate scientific findings to real world settings, full of complexity, ambiguity, and open-endedness, where science cannot be "applied" in any linear or straightforward way.

Gov 2.0 L.A. 2012 Preview

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 06.18.2012 | Technology
Alan W. Silberberg

Gov 2.0 L.A. 2012 is here. Gov 2.0 and Open Government are blossoming around the world, as evidenced by the historic gathering this week in Brazil of the Open Government Partnership.

Occupy the Airwaves!

Duane Elgin | Posted 12.18.2011 | Media
Duane Elgin

TV stations are not the enemy -- public apathy is! What is required is that the public claim it's ownership of the airwaves and organize itself in a way that transcends special interests.

Really -- Are We Really Solving the Budget Crisis by Cutting Yet More From Public Schools?

Donna Fish | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Donna Fish

Yes, Mr. Bloomberg, we need to keep standards and raise the level for as many kids as possible. This is not going to be achieved by cutting teachers.

Survey: How Would You Prefer to Connect With NYC Government?

Rachel Sterne | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Rachel Sterne

In late January, I joined the City of New York, focusing on how our citizens and government communicate and work together online. My first step in preparing our strategy is to examine how the public currently uses digital technology.

Swiss Banker's Reaction to U.S. Treasury Hiding A.I.G. Loss

Iris Mack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Iris Mack

Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan are being subsidized by the Federal Reserve. Why can't the Fed instead subsidize Americans who want a job? How stupid do they think the American taxpayer is?

Oakland Reacts to Mehserle Sentence

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Originally published on Youthradio.org, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe. Ansel Troy, Kasin Abdul and Chris Banks we...

Woodward: U.S. Drones Killed Americans In Pakistan

SpyTalk | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

CIA drones killed "many Westerners, including some U.S. passport holders" in Pakistan's tribal area during the George W. Bush administration, the new ...

National Self-Interest: The Reason to Pass the Dream Act Now

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Fernando Espuelas

While the opposition cries out that the DREAM Act is a kind of back door amnesty for undocumented workers, it is actually a sensible, rational strategy to meet America's economic and social needs.

John Kavanagh, Arizona State Senator, Plans Bill To End Birthright Citizenship For Children Of Illegal Immigrants

AP | By MICHELLE PRICE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

PHOENIX (AP)-- Emboldened by passage of the nation's toughest law against illegal immigration, the Arizona politician who sponsored the measure now wa...