Should Kids Surf the Net in Helmets?

Everyone likes to make fun of modern helicopter parents. Get a group of 40-ish men reminiscing about their childhoods and you'll hear things like, "These poor bubble-wrapped Oprafied kids! Why, in my day, we poured ground glass on our pancakes and chewed the dishes like breath mints. After we finished, I'd grab my Kenner stainless-steel tomahawk, my brother would grab his Hasbro single-action Colt Navy revolver, and we'd play cowboys and Indians. Once my dad told me, 'Son, I'd rather see … [Read more...]

The Vulgar Tongue

The editors of America Magazine have slipped on their shoulder pads and sharpened up their cleats in order to tackle runaway vulgarity among our youngsters:The veteran Catholic editor A. E. P. (Ed) Wall begins his Easter message: “Jesus Christ, whose name is heard in careless expletives by the vocabulary-challenged in TV and film, we know you as Eternal.” He’s on to something.The status of a language determines the status of a culture. And contemporary culture seems less capable of dealing wi … [Read more...]