The LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM community

Wesleyan University in Connecticut has a residence hall devoted to a whole alphabet of sexual diversity:

Open House is a safe space for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, Questioning, Flexual, Asexual, Genderfuck, Polyamourous, Bondage/Disciple, Dominance/Submission, Sadism/Masochism LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM communities and for people of sexually or gender dissident communities. The goals of Open House include generating interest in a celebration of queer life from the social to the political to the academic. Open House works to create a Wesleyan community that appreciates the variety and vivacity of gender, sex and sexuality.

via Housing.
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The digital generation prefers print on paper

I really enjoy my Kindle.  But when it comes to reading scholarly works, I need to flip back and forth, mark pages, study illustrations, and generally read more carefully.  I kind of need hard-copy printed books to do that.

Now it turns out that the Millennial generation, computer-literate and screen-oriented as they are, are the same way, maybe more so!  Their preference for reading old-fashioned books is overwhelming.

See why, with details about the mental difference between reading on paper and reading on a screen after the jump. [Read more...]

The Fallacy of Composition

Bill and Elizabeth Kelly apply an economics principle to President Obama’s plan to give free community college to everyone.  According to the Fallacy of Composition, what is good for one person may not be good if lots of people do it.  In this case, if the supply of community college degrees goes up, their value goes down. [Read more...]

Classical Christian education online

Homeschoolers have so many more options than they used to, particularly with internet technology.  My daughter, Joanna Hensley, has been teaching Latin and integrated humanities courses online.  These are real-time sessions, and students can see the teacher and interact with her and with each other, much like a traditional classroom.  It’s high tech, and yet classical at the same time.  I have watched her at work, and she is brilliant at this kind of teaching.  She is now at Wilson Hill Academy.  (Wilson Hill’s statement of faith is the Nicene Creed.)  I mention this now because enrollment for the next term started yesterday and some of you might want to check this out.

And while I’m plugging schools, if you would like an online classical Lutheran high school, look into Wittenberg Academy.

After the jump, a video about Wilson Hill. [Read more...]

A tale of two reading lists

Annie Holmquist compares a middle school reading list from 1908 to one from today.  It isn’t just that the latter is dumbed down in comparison, though it is.  She goes on to analyze the content of what is taught in these two sets of books and the kinds of education they exemplify. [Read more...]

The case for a North American century

Many have been saying that  America is in decline, that our political, cultural, and economic contributions are slipping. China, some say, is the up-and-coming nation.  Others say that the age of the dominant world power is over.

But an op-ed piece by former General David Petraeus and Brookings Institute researcher Michael O’Hanlon say that the United States, in partnership with Canada and Mexico, has economic and demographic advantages over all comers that may make for a “North American Century.” [Read more...]


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