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How not to write about college students: a lesson from Slate

A popular article on Slate this week offers a nearly perfect demonstration of how not to write about college students.  The lesson is on how to pretend a small fraction of students stand in for the entire undergraduate population. Here’s how … Continue reading

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Concluding Robert Putnam’s _Our Kids_, asking “What is To Be Done?”

Today we finish up our online reading of Robert Putnam’s new book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. The book’s final chapter reflects on the problems diagnosed so far, and asks simply, classically, “What is to be Done?” As with … Continue reading

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Reading Robert Putnam’s _Our Kids, chapter 5, “Community”

Let’s continue our online reading of Robert Putnam’s new book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. In this chapter we change focus from individual families and schools to broader social networks, addressing “Community”. As with previous chapters I’ll summarize its content, … Continue reading

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Reading Robert Putnam, _Our Kids_, chapter 4, “Schooling”

Let’s continue our online reading of Robert Putnam’s new book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. In this post we move on to chapter four, simply titled “Schooling,” a topic central to this blog and my work. As with … Continue reading

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Reading Robert Putnam, _Our Kids_, chapter 3: “Parenting”

Let’s continue our online reading of Robert Putnam’s new book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. In this post we move on from families to child-rearing, with chapter three, “Parenting”. As with previous chapters I’ll summarize its content, then offer some reflections, … Continue reading

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Robert Putnam, _Our Kids_, chapter 2: “Families”

Let’s continue our online reading of Robert Putnam’s new book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. In this post we move on to chapter two, simply titled “Families.” As with chapter one I’ll summarize its content, then offer some reflections, … Continue reading

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Robert Putnam, _Our Kids_, chapter 1

With this post I kick off an online reading of Robert Putnam’s new book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. Today we start with the first chapter, “The American Dream: Myths and Realities”.  I’ll summarize it, then offer some reflections, … Continue reading

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