Friday, April 28, 2006

Links that make you say "Oh My!"

Good grief! Jeff Jacoby talks about "public schools vs. parents' values." Man, can you believe the arrogance of the school teachers?
"We couldn't run a public school system if every parent who feels some topic is objectionable to them for moral or religious reasons decides their child should be removed," LexingtonÂ’s superintendent of schools, Paul Ash, told the Globe. "Lexington is committed to teaching children about the world they live in, and in Massachusetts same-sex marriage is legal."
I like the first line. They can't run the schools now! Jacoby responds with
"But homosexuality and gay marriage are not like arithmetic or geography; they cannot be separated from questions of morality, justice, and decency."
Much as I love Car Talk and This Old House, I would never live in Massachusetts.

And there's the war between Creationists and ID proponents. See here and here.

And the Carnival of Homeschooling. Some really, really good posts, and I'm only 1/3 of the way through it.

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"Sexy Poker" to Tweens?

I see over at The Travelin Librarian that something wrong has happened. A game called Sexy Poker is marketed to tweens (kids from 8-12) via cell phone. There is something very, very wrong here.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Links for 4-25-06

I've been very busy lately and will try to get some posts up this next week. I am planning a series on parenting styles. Until then, try these links.

Rebecca Hagelin on some Bible story books

Suzanne Fields on manners

Jennifer Roback Morse on the differences between men and women.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Links for 4-19-06

I thought I had four links, but can't find two of them.

First, Rebecca Hagelin talks about the librarian being investigated for sexual harassment for recommending a few conservative books. As a conservative academic librarian this story is intrinsically interesting to me. More on this story here.

Second, Maggie Gallagher brings up the question, "Who is Caitlin Flanagan and what planet is she from?" Ms. Flanagan writes about stay-at-home-moms, but the ones that "she knows and writes about are educated, liberal, at-home mothers who too often proudly announce: "I'm home taking care of my kids, but I'm sure as hell not home to care for my husband."" And for Spunky who often writes concerning educating for the corporate world,
"For Caitlin, the point of having a mother at home is not so that your children will get into Harvard, or score that big executive job. A home is not a factory for producing children for corporations. The home is not a mere means; it is one of the great things in life you can have, create or give to someone you love. The real point of having a mother at home with children is that children get to be home with a mother who loves them."
And my favorite quote,
"You need to understand something about men," Caitlin tells me. "Men really want to help women. Yes, there are bad men in the world. Avoid them. Most of them show their stripes very early." (And if women weren't busily being sexual with men they hardly know, adds Flanagan, they might find it easier to spot the cads before they moved in with them. But that's another story.)
I read Flanagan's article in The Atlantic and thought it was quite insightful.

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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

The Teacher's Union Won't Let John Stossel Teach

Well, John Stossel took up the teacher's union's challenge to teach, but they pulled the carpet from under him. The network should sue for lost time. There was a lot of beauracracy to wade through, then, they cancelled. I bet Mr. Stossel would be a great teacher.

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Monday, April 03, 2006

Evolution Creationism

The LA Times is covering the evolution/creationism controversy in Kansas and Missouri. They still don't understand the Kansas Board of Education standards on evolution. Here is the story.

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Sunday, April 02, 2006

4th Carnival of Kid Comedy

The 4th Carnvial of Kid Comedy is up at Life in A Shoe. A very good one this week!