Six Word Motto for U.S.

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Longing for a fond memories of a National Academy now buried deeply in your memory banks of a time and place too far away? This NY Times contest reminded me of Academy favorites like proposing a new creed or remaking our national currency. Inspired by this collection of six-word memoirs, the Freakonomics guys at NY Times asked readers to propose a six-word motto for the U.S. As the foremost experts in reducing, extending, and exercising another thousand ways to rewrite text, I know you’re up for the challenge. Why not have our own version of this contest…What six words would…

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A Federalist Education

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Some many days ago, a good countryman you know by the name of Maximus asked a group assembled before him, “what would a Federalist school look like?” His question suffered a long period of silence as those in attendance considered what they knew of Federalism…. Founded on fundamental rights… A new future imagined through the mechanics of science…. A perspective holistic in nature that looks at a question from all sides in all dimensions…. Sovereignty remains with the people who will make a new and better whole from the sum of its constituent parts…. The good Maximus’s puzzle had no…

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Duty Bound to Civic Education

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With a NY Times op-ed titled “The War as We Saw It,” a group of infantrymen and non-commissioned officers from the 82nd Airborne Division answered a different call to duty last week. As Washington gears up for a series of progress reports on Iraq, this group of servicemen offer their own voice of experience… Counterinsurgency is, by definition, a competition between insurgents and counterinsurgents for the control and support of a population. To believe that Americans, with an occupying force that long ago outlived its reluctant welcome, can win over a recalcitrant local population and win this counterinsurgency is far-fetched….

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Federalist Thinking: Karl Iagnemma

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As I returned to my too real world, I clicked through my Tivo playlist over breakfast this morning and found Karl Iagnemma on an episode of NOVA Science Now. One of the country’s top scientific inventors and an award winning author, Karl is presented as a man at work in two very different worlds. Picture a fiction writer and you’re likely to imagine a creative and erratic spirit. Picture a scientist and you see a methodical and analytical thinker. What does it look like when these two worlds work together in the life of Karl Iagnemma and what does this…

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A Day at the Beach

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It was the first weekend of the National Academy. In a daze, Keith made his way to Venice Beach and found he was surrounded… Cicero Aristotle Moses Madison And perhaps worst of all, he knew he was trapped in a covenant he could never leave… –posted by Shellee with many thanks to Keith for the pictures

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National Academy 2007: A Whole Lot of Thanks

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The mystery of the last box has been revealed. Twenty-four teachers from all over the United States and one civic leader from Mexico City have found their way home…perhaps even unpacked their boxes of books from L.A. The 2007 National Academy is now a thing of the past but continues to loom large in expressions of gratitude. Kerryn from Houston wrote from her room at LMU that last night… Well the party downstairs just wound down to a close and I wanted to say thank you for a great three weeks. Down in Texas it is easy to forget that…

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