July 24, 2019

Tag - Education

The NFL Theatre of the Absurd

Perhaps this is just old news but the NFL controversy, while having disappeared as a headline news item, still is going on. I used to like professional football until I started playing in a Fantasy Football League many years ago. The latter really...

The Magic Circle

“The more I think, the more certain I am that obedience is the gateway through which knowledge enters the mind of the child.” These are the words of the character of Annie Sullivan in William Gibson’s wonderful play The Miracle Worker. Based on the...

Education’s Failing Grade

In 2016, Minneapolis scholar Katherine Kersten reported that public schools were the most dangerous places in St. Paul, MN. The use of obscene language, overturning of furniture and trash cans, and fistfights had become common in grade schools, she...

The Shame Game

When I was a student in high school, hot lunches were available in the cafeteria. Although the cost was nominal, it was very rare that my parents would give me money for such an indulgence. Most of the time I would “brown bag” it. A peanut butter...

On Listening and Learning

The occasion was a recent picnic and my discussion with a pharmacist began well. I mentioned that I have often consulted pharmacists about prescription medicines’ side effects and interactions and that experience had led me to study such matters...

A Wasted Investment?

In May of 2009, President Barack Obama was invited to Notre Dame to deliver the commencement address to that year’s graduates. My brother Brian and I drove for three hours to participate in a protest against the school’s misguided invitation...