Sex Ed in the Renaissance Tavern

Over the weekend I drove to a wedding with a bunch of strangers. We got to talking about our memories of middle and high school. One of us went to either a small-town public school or a private religious school (can't remember which), one to a single-sex Catholic school, and two of us to an intensely progressive private school. And none of us had had any kind of sex ed that struck us as even marginally relevant or insightful.So look, if fools didn't rush in, would we even need middle-school … [Read more...]

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High Command: Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis in (and on) “Trapeze”

I've watched a few movies lately which I haven't posted about here. My one-line review of 1952's underworld soap opera Casque d'Or is basically, "Simone Signoret eats cheese off a knife. Thanks France!" Slightly longer review: Signoret is sultry in a layered performance; she's great at conveying irony and intelligence with just a quirk of her lips.Even more fun was last Saturday's adventure, 1956's Trapeze. It's playing again this Thursday at AFI, so you can catch it on the big screen! It's … [Read more...]

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“Beyond Critical Thinking”: me at AmCon

in my continuing quest to become entirely a self-parody: Critical thinking has so thoroughly colonized our idea of education that we tend to think it’s the only kind of thinking. Tests try to measure it, and ritzy private schools all claim to teach it. Critical thinking—analysis, not mere acceptance—is a skill we can all learn. And we’ve learned it too well. We’ve learned only critical thinking skills, and not the equally challenging skills of prudent acceptance: We don’t even realize that we ne … [Read more...]

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