“Faith based” sex education

Maxed Out Mama has a <a href="http://maxedoutmama.blogspot.com/2005/08/faith-based-sex-education.html".really terrific piece that I meant to link to last night.I just had to make a comment about Planned Parenthood's foray into faith-based sex education, scientific and medical irrationality. I also want to take a good strong whack at those who claim that there is no such thing as a secularist agenda in sex education in this country.She brings you lesson plans and pdf files - all … [Read more...]

Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist

Some of my favorite gals, and a booming community of young religious. Good to see them getting the press. H/T: Thom.And some other thriving, "old-fashioned" orders full of young women:Active Carmelites Sisters of Life Eternal Word Franciscans of Renewal Benedictines Dominicans Capuchins … [Read more...]

Everyone’s teacher should be this excited

Betsy Newmark wrote yesterday - and exceedingly well - on the issue of American History and how our students are being so severely shortchanged by the "social studies" curriculum of the last 30 years. You'll want to read all her thoughts on the issue, but I loved this part:Instead, the classes became endless exercises in coloring in maps and labeling tables of exports from various countries. The study of Russia involves a lesson coloring in a picture of St. Basil's Cathedral and eating … [Read more...]

Sliced and Diced by a ‘stay-home’ mom!

I love this. Remember just yesterday, or the day before, I linked to a blog post about the value of educating women who plan to stay home and raise kids?Well, take a gander at this piece in the Chicago Tribune, written by "Meg Kreikemeier, a stay-at-home mom and a former analyst for CNA Insurance". Heh.For so long, Democrats have criticized Republicans as the party of the rich, and they still do when discussing tax cuts, budget deficits and Social Security. However, Republicans have now … [Read more...]

Affirmative action “good cheating?”

I've always thought LaShawn Barber does her best writing when she is riled up, as she is here, riffing from a David Gelernter column on affirmative action.I can say with 99.9 percent certainty that those who endured billy club beatings, lynchings, firehose spray, and dog bites didn’t do it so that one day their children and grandchildren could be deemed pitiable, too inferior for equal treatment, and too dumb to strive for the American dream on their own merits.Yep, she's riled. Good w … [Read more...]

“Teach it to your children…”

More and more I am convinced that were I having my children now, I would be putting them into a private school or home-schooling them, myself.Victor Davis Hanson writes of the re-visioning of World War II.Guess what? These days, The US was a bad guy, and Europe didn't really need us, and we were way too aggressive in prosecuting the war.There are two disturbing things about the current revisionism that transcend the human need to question orthodoxy. The first is the sheer hypocrisy of it … [Read more...]

If Derb is gushing, I must, as well

John Derbyshire is over at The Corner telling anyone who will listen that his kids did very, very well at the NYSSMA exams (New York State School Music Association).It may sound like nothing, but in NY, a state that is very competitive musically, with so many talented kids, so many schools and a relatively small number of openings in statewide bands, orchestras and choruses (it's a VERY big deal to be selected to participate in an "All State" group), when your kid does well at NYSSMA, it's a … [Read more...]

The College-is-everything-myth, revisited

Ms. Newmark over at Betsy's Place has posted this article from the WaPo which asks the very necessary question: Is High School as Bad as All That. A good article talking about the College-bound vs Non-College-bound divide in high schools and how poorly the non-college bound kids are served.I posted an essay touching on this in February, and I'm glad to see the subject come up, again. It's a discussion that's long-overdue: What is high-school doing to prepare ALL of our kids to be wage-earners … [Read more...]

Not everyone wants or needs to go to college

I really, really admire our First Lady. I think she is the epitome of grace and style, and she's a smart cookie, to boot. That's why I am so let-down by this article detailing the kick-off for her campaign to help "at-risk" youths, and her remarks.It's not that anything she said was wrong, bad or in any way offensive - nothing was - but I am disappointed with this:"When young people get to high school, you can help them see that higher education doesn't have to be just a dream, but it can be a … [Read more...]

Playing to the cameras; a theory about why

In response to my revealing my utter disinterest in growing the blog much beyond "playful primate" status or getting this Irish mug on camera somewhere, Dirty Harry has written a very funny personal confession (and some nice remarks in between the laughs).But you know, it is a very interesting thing, to consider how others reacted to my being contacted by the BBC. The assumption that everyone made was, "well of COURSE you'd want to be part of that - anyone would..."But would anyone? And why? Why … [Read more...]