Dr. Louise Cowan: A Heart that Sees

Although she smiled warmly and spoke gently (and, if I remember rightly, barely cleared five feet in height!), I was somewhat abashed, not only by her chic southern elegance, but by the dark sunglasses she wore at all times. Dr. Louise suffered from a thyroid disorder which left her nearly blind, and after a series of surgeries, her eyeballs protruded and were discolored, and her face was scarred. Another student went into her office after me. For several reasons, this girl was on the outs with … [Read more...]

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Columbia Students Lay Siege to Themselves

So here's what I say to the Columbia students clutching their carefully cultivated pearls as they face down the hot breath of those terrible, wild gods: you're damn right it's not safe. You're not in control here, not on this playground. You may find yourself climbing too high and too fast, and you may reach out for that rung on the monkey bars only to find that you're grabbing thin air, and down you will plummet, onto the hot asphalt, or maybe further, down into the underworld, where dark Hades … [Read more...]

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How’s Common Core working out for you?

There are a lot of good things in Common Core -- things that really did need fixing about the typical American public educational curriculum. Math is one of those things. Show me a teenage cashier who went through public schools and can easily make change for a five, and then we'll discuss whether the system that's been in place for the last few decades is good enough.Read the rest at the Register. … [Read more...]

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Catholics, Cotton Candy, and Comeuppance

  PIC Care Bear farting a rainbowAnd I says to myself, I says, Sorry, Shakespeare! Sorry, Homer! Sorry, Flannery O'Connor and Evelyn Waugh, Somerset Maugham, Mark Twain, Faulkner, Melville, Doestoevsky, Chaucer, Joseph Conrad, Dickens, and Thomas "Joyboy" Mann. Sorry to you all, but you have got to go, because I'm fairly sure that on page 243, right where nice little college girls and college boys could read it, someone got in someone else's pants and didn't drop dead of … [Read more...]

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