The goals of the Occupy movement are mystifying enough as it is without their apparently accepting the teachers’ unions in their ranks. While admittedly teachers are not among the 1%, they are certainly not among the “least of these,” and […]
Civilian Conservation Corps
This story about troubled teens being exposed to nature reminds me that while there was a lot to dislike about Franklin D Roosevelt’s New Deal, the Civilian Conservation Corps got lots of young people out into the natural world doing […]
The Political Meaning of ‘God’
I have never been a great advocate of ‘prayer in public schools’ except for voluntary Bible clubs and things of that sort. I was, in fact, going to a public school in 1962, when the decision was handed down, and […]
Today’s Educational Paradigm
I might take some of what is said with a grain of salt, but this cartoon video explains issues about education – the number one interest of conservative philanthropists – with a clarity I have never seen before.
Abby Wisse Schachter, in a recent Weekly Standard, unfortunately not available to non-subscribers, finds fault with both the Tiger Mom and her chief opponent on the ground that one cares about achievement, the other about following your bliss, but neither seems […]
Chinese Parenting, Part I: Why Chinese Mothers are Superior
This article is not only interesting for its own sake, but because it illustrates a cultural division that has been raging in mixed Asian-Anglo communities such as Irvine, California. There are not separate school systems, but there are “Asian” churches […]
Jonathan V. Last, Part 2: Testing
I will discuss Mr. Last’s article again, for he also made an important point that I had never heard of before, and that had nothing to do with the land-use issues which Blue Kennel takes a great interest in. It […]
American Christianity – Soon a Phenomenon of the Educated?
For years and years we have been fed with the story that orthodox Christianity and other conservative and demanding religions were primarily, though not exclusively, the domain of the less educated, and that the highly educated were inclined toward more […]