December 2013

This Should Be A Great Book

Professor Glenn Reynolds (Instapundit) has a new book out - "The New School: How the Information Age Will Save American Education From Itself."  Reynolds is a very intelligent, insightful thinker and has a great blog. The book should be very informative.

Ten Forms of 2013 Media Malpractice

Actually, there were so many to chose from but Tom Blumer rounds up the top ten.

21st Century Relationships

Woman who slept with 18 guys shocked that no one wants to marry her.

Well Done, Mr. Kitna

  Backup NFL quarterback isn't a bad gig if you can get it. Take 41-year-old Jon Kitna, who retired from the Dallas Cowboys in 2012 after 15 years in the NFL. He now teaches math and coaches football at Lincoln High School in his hometown of Tacoma, Wash.

  And his success in the classroom is even more remarkable. When he agreed to work at Lincoln, he asked the principal to round up the worst students – the ones other teachers didn't want – and give them to him. The staff tried to talk him out of it, but he wouldn't have it. At the end of his first year, his students went from disinterested troublemakers to the second-highest scoring on the school's math assessments.

An outspoken Christian, he has devoted his life after the NFL to serving the young people at the high school where he was a star quarterback in the early '90s.

Income Equality and Family Breakdown

How many times in such an important speech did Obama mention anything about American family breakdown perhaps impeding economic mobility? Just a couple of passing references. Yet the issue of family breakdown deserves at least as much attention, if not more, from Obama than income inequality.

Researchers on the left and right have found that kids raised by both biological parents fare better financially, educationally, and emotionally. And as the EOP scholars conclude: “Some of the strongest predictors of upward mobility are correlates of social capital and family structure.”

(But this is an inconvenient truth for many on the left)

Scientific Irony

  They went in search evidence of the world’s melting ice caps, but instead a team of climate scientists have been forced to abandon their mission … because the Antarctic ice is thicker than usual at this time of year.

A Historical Reminder of Evil

Many academics blame America for the Cold War. They overlook the atrocities of Stalin and his heirs. One example, among many, of Stalin's evil is this quote, “Josef Stalin … arrested virtually the entire Russian Orthodox priesthood — 130,000 men, of whom 95,000 were shot.”

Who Will Obama Blame in 2014?