• Education •
September 11, 2006
Gerry Garibaldi was in the movie business for 25 years, then he decided to become a teacher. That was a brave enough move in itself, but he has now written a courageous essay arguing that the schools seriously shortchange boys in the classroom. It is an essay that demands close attention.
August 15, 2006
Conservative Christians are often lampooned as the last hold-outs against the supposedly invincible theory of evolution. This is untrue on several counts. First, surveys consistently demonstrate that the vast majority of Americans reject Darwinian evolution as the explanation of human origins. Second, with specific reference to major religious groups, Orthodox Judaism is also steadfastly opposed to evolutionary theory.
August 11, 2006
I don’t often link to The Nation, nor am I often in agreement with Nicholas von Hoffman. Nevertheless, his recent column on Trump University will brighten your weekend. It seems that Donald Trump — known for transforming monomaniacal narcissism into a virtue — has now decided to establish an on-line “university” that, while offering no real course credits or academic degrees, does offer an official coat-of-arms and the promise of limitless riches.
August 2, 2006
“What does it mean to be 13, back stage adults, watching on tiptoe, waiting to go onstage?” That question sent TIME Magazine and a team of its reporters into an extended investigation of the lives of America’s youngest teenagers–contemporary 13-year-olds. The magazine’s report will at times shock, inform, and interest America’s parents and all others concerned with the nation’s young.
August 1, 2006
A newly-proposed national curriculum for British schools means that the schools will no longer attempt to teach the difference between right and wrong. As The Times [London] reports:
July 31, 2006
Michael V. Fox doesn’t believe that faith-based scholarship of the Bible is possible–and he wants to see such scholars marginalized in the larger world of scholarship. In an essay posted at the Web site for the Society of Biblical Literature [SBL], Fox argues, “In my view, faith-based study has no place in academic scholarship, whether the object of study is the Bible, the Book of Mormon, or Homer. Faith-based study is a different realm of intellectual activity that can dip into Bible scholarship for its own purposes, but cannot contribute to it.”
July 24, 2006
The modern state is driven by an ambition to expand into every area of human activity. The logic of the expansive state is to control or regulate all dimensions of life. The personal and private is undermined in favor of the public and the political. The institutions that stand in the way of unchecked government expansion — especially the family — are progressively stripped of what had been considered sovereign rights and unquestioned roles.
June 2, 2006
The Kentucky State School Board has placed itself at the center of an expanding controversy as it has debated replacing references to B.C. and A.D. with B.C.E. and C.E. in social studies materials.
April 21, 2006
Just last year, parent David Parker was arrested for trespassing at the Estabrook Elementary School in Lexington, Massachusetts. Mr. Parker had demanded that school officials allow him to “opt out” his son from lessons on sexual diversity. His son had come home with a “diversity book bag” that included materials that depicted same-sex couples along with other family and relationship arrangements. School officials refused to allow Parker to withdraw his son from such programs and lessons.
April 5, 2006
Cataloging campus outrages must be a time-consuming task, but The Collegiate Network has been doing this for some years. The Collegiate Network encourages conservative student journalists and monitors the atrocities on America’s college and university campuses. Evidently, there is enough nonsense on America's campuses to keep this group busy. Dr. Albert Mohler today considers the chaos in so many of America’s elite schools–and how to challenge it.