Voice in the Wild: Family Dinner and Family Squabbles

A Voice in the Wind, pp. 47-55When we left off last week, Marcus' father, Decimus, was a trying to convince him to go into politics. Marcus demurred, because Marcus was more interested in building up his father's business empire. Good job, Marcus!Of course, the conversation isn't over. Marcus ultimately convinces his father to approach his friend about Antigonus---wait wait. I just realized that Marcus is actually encouraging his father to buy a senator. See Marcus' friend Antigonus is, … [Read more...]


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No, Glenn Beck Is Not Suddenly Different

Over the past year, I've seen progressives post numerous articles by or about Glenn Beck, startled or surprised by how "reasonable" he sounds as he criticizes Trump. Has Glenn Beck changed? Vanity Fair certainly suggested as much when they wrote this byline for an article on his criticism of Trump: The reformed paranoiac apologizes for unleashing forces that aided Trump’s rise. He's reformed! He's nice now---a nice, cuddly, anti-Trump reasonable no-longer-paranoid person. I mean look how a … [Read more...]


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Historian Kevin Kruse Takes Down Conservatives’ Betsy DeVos / Ruby Bridges Comparison

So, yesterday afternoon, this happened:We are apparently that far through the looking-glass.The cartoon refers to an incident last week when a handful of protestors blocked DeVos from entering a public school in Washington, D.C. DeVos was ultimately able to enter the school. Many Democrats later condemned any efforts to prevent DeVos from entering public schools, arguing that it is important for DeVos to gain greater understanding of the positive work done by public schools. And yet, … [Read more...]


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About Those “Millennials Are the Worst Drivers” Articles

This morning USA Today posted an article titled "Millennial drivers are highway hazards, survey shows." Because I am a Millennial, and because I try to keep my finger on the pulse of Millennial-bashing, I clicked through---and quickly wished I hadn't. Millennial drivers are the worst.That’s not just their elders talking. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found 88% of drivers 19- to 24-years-old acknowledged engaging in risky behavior such as texting while driving, running red lights or s … [Read more...]


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Inequalities Abound: Betsy DeVos and School Closures

During confirmation hearings, DeVos didn't know the difference between proficiency testing and growth testing. This matters because of schools like my daughter's. Her school doesn't have the test scores of schools on the other side of town, and it never will, but this isn't the fault of the teachers---it's demographics. A school with a high rate of homelessness, a large number of English language learners, and high levels of poverty isn't going to make the same scores as a school filled with chil … [Read more...]


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Pregnant Women Are Hosts: New Terminology, Same Old Argument

Rep. Justin Humphrey, an Oklahoma lawmaker, has introduced a bill that would require a woman to get written permission from her sexual partner before obtaining an abortion. And there's more. At first, Humphrey said that the original intention of the bill was to ensure that fathers are involved in supporting a child from conception. “I was wanting fathers to have to pay child support at the beginning,” he said, but that specific language was excised from the bill.Ultimately, he said, his inte … [Read more...]


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On Calls for Homeschooling in Response to DeVos

Reportedly, some progressive circles have seen calls for homeschooling in response to Betsy DeVos' confirmation as United States Secretary of Education. I suspect that this is primarily a made-up controversy. The pattern was predictable---first, several news articles showcasing a handful of tweets, and then a slew of conservative think-pieces mocking liberals for a supposedly widespread movement toward homeschooling in reaction to DeVos.Given that I was homeschooled and now have a daughter in … [Read more...]


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