Browsing All posts tagged under »Education«

Stop the Pussification of America

November 14, 2016


Parents:  let your kids find their own way in childhood. Let them be disappointed.  Make them strong and confident by letting them do things, not by telling them they are special snowflakes.  The real threat to America is not Trump; it’s the past several decades of helicopter parenting that turns out 20-year-old spoiled, fearful children. […]

Off to College? Choose Your Major Wisely

August 22, 2016


Okay, kids, it’s back to school time, and some of you are heading off to college.  Soon you will be faced with the decision of what to study.  Before you go prancing forth with some naive notion of “following your dreams,” be sure of some things: 1)  There are actually jobs to be had in […]

Lauriate Roly Remembers: Woolworth’s

July 11, 2016


By Lauriate Roly I’ve been fortunate enough to have dined in some of the greatest restaurants. None sticks in my memory more than Woolworth’s. From where I worked to my night school classes was about two miles, and I would have to walk that distance, if I expected to use the money I had on […]

On the Death of Beautiful Handwriting

February 8, 2016


Handwriting is made beautiful by who the writers are to us:  parents, lovers, ancestors.  It is a very real, personal, physical link across miles and across generations.  The death of cursive handwriting deprives us of more than we realize. Just recently, a cousin asked for the family to correspond with her adult son, who was […]

“Free-Range Kid” Legislation: Pretty Sad That It Needed a Law

December 14, 2015


A little bit of common sense may be returning to our schools. On 10 December, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act, which overhauls the disastrous “No Child Left Behind” law. Love it or not, the idea is to get the Federal Government mostly out of the education business and return control of curricula […]

Why are Women Criminals for Drunk Driving, but “Victims” of Drunk Sex?

October 19, 2015


The live social-media broadcast of a DUI in progress should remind us about who is really responsible for drunken decisions.   23-year-old Whitney Beall live-streamed her own drunk driving misadventure via Periscope, and ended up arrested for DUI. No surprise, but check out the 11-minute video at Huffington Post. Listen to her repeated comments about […]

Enough “Trigger Warnings” and “Safe Spaces.” Grow Up, or Step Aside.

June 8, 2015


We are supposed to be ready for full adulthood upon graduation from high school. Instead, our best universities now act like nurseries for weak-minded, simpering crybabies. We are doomed. There is a dangerous – yes, dangerous – and growing tendency to insulate college students from the least bit of stress, controversy, mental discomfort, or any […]

Joan Larsen: Finding Help to Leap the Chasm Between High School and Life

June 3, 2015


By Joan Larsen As we watch our own children and grandchildren heading into those final years in high school, more often than not we see kids who are ‘betwixt and between’, still too young and unsure of which of the many roads that spread out ahead of them to lay claim to.  Remembering back to our […]

I Do Not Want a Nurse With a “Stress Disability”

May 18, 2015


You want to talk lawsuits, honey? You are one big walking lawsuit waiting to happen for any hospital that hires you. In the news: nursing student Jennifer Burbella is suing her college because she has twice failed a class required to get her nursing degree. Did the professor fail to teach her the material? No… […]

Final Exams Looming? Here’s Lila’s Personal Anxiety-Reliever

April 6, 2015


Spring Break and Easter mean that finals can’t be far behind. Believe it or not, Lila was once a college student and is well acquainted with the stress that comes with knowing that in just a few weeks, you will sit down to a final exam that may well make all the difference between passing […]

Some Grads are Unemployed Because They Can’t Be Bothered

March 13, 2015


Ah, spring approaches, and a young man’s fancy turns to… internships.  Alas, I’m losing patience with all the sad headlines about unemployed young college grads and their tough circumstances.  Here’s why. I am of an age that for a few years now, my old high school friends have been going through this with their own […]

And the Award for Stupidest Attempt at School Discipline Goes to… Gustine, Texas

February 2, 2015


Imagine how frustrating and infuriating it must be for a small-town elementary- school administrator to repeatedly find human poop on the gym floor. The horror! The horror! Something must be done! A culprit must be caught! …even at the expense of all decency and common sense. Lila’s solution would have been to just set up […]

Fun and Disaster with Foreign Languages

January 30, 2015


I was laughing so hard I could barely breathe. “This book was expensive!” he said.  “I’m sorry,” I replied, “but we just don’t talk like that.” Language-translating machines like Google Translate or Babelfish are handy for small, simple things like finding a bathroom, but they are no replacement for a fluent, bilingual human being.   Just […]

A New Low in Toys for Girls: Feces Are Magical and Fun!

December 22, 2014


The old baby dolls that could “go potty” were apparently not enough for today’s girls, so now we have dolls that crap rainbows and jewels. I have written previously that as a child, I despised my plastic baby dolls and much preferred my brother’s toys. I thought the baby dolls were sort of creepy, and […]

The Benefits of Cutting Back on Dining Out

October 31, 2014


Lila and Hubby recently took advantage of a long-languishing gift card for dinner and a movie. We figured we’d better use it up before it expired or we lost it or something. We intentionally chose a weekday on the theory that the theater and the restaurant might be less crowded. We were right about the […]

Time to Make Scientific Education Standards a Priority… Starting with Us

September 22, 2014


Our huge, inter-connected population and the globalization of economies means that today, intelligence without education is outright harmful.   The human mind looks for patterns, and in the absence of education or scientific thought processes, the mind will see patterns and meanings that just aren’t there. Conversely, without education, the mind grasps little of what […]

Joan Larsen’s Story of Ethan: Should Being A Doctor Be in His Future?

July 30, 2014


By Joan Larsen The phone rang. As I answered, I would never have believed that – with my answers – I could be changing a life at the other end. Ethan – my friend’s newly 16-year-old son, a boy brilliant in my estimation – was counting on me for help. Those in high school honors […]

The Other Reason Girls are Hypersexualized

June 30, 2014


Do we continue to foster a culture that insidiously discourages females from doing much of anything else? Women’s-lib veterans must be SO disappointed.   As we have lamented before, it seems like girls these days are too wrapped up in their physical appearance, that they put so much of their self-worth in things like boobs […]

Dear Girls: Boys are Not Neutered Ken Dolls, and Yes, That’s Why Dress Codes are Smart

June 13, 2014


Women seem to have unfair and unrealistic expectations that men should be a bunch of neutered Ken dolls until – and only until – we want them to be otherwise.   With warmer weather, there have been a few incidents of schoolgirls being disciplined for violating school dress codes. The girls, often backed by their […]

Elliot Rodger’s Frustration: Should We Teach Awkward Kids How NOT to Socialize?

June 2, 2014


Painful and embarrassing as it would be, kindly telling a socially inept person exactly and specifically what they are doing to drive people away might just change their lives.   As the fallout continues to settle after Elliot Rodger’s Santa Barbara rampage, one aspect of the case stands out, an aspect that we have seen […]

More Evidence that Many “ADHD Sufferers” are Just Unmindful

May 16, 2014


Yep, I said it. I have always strongly suspected that ADHD is a vastly over-diagnosed disorder thanks to the demands of harried parents, exasperated teachers, and a medical business culture that incentivizes prescriptions and treatments. Don’t get me wrong. I am certain that there is a very small minority out there who actually have empirically […]

Is Your Weight Your University’s Business?

April 18, 2014


In a poorly-executed attempt to forestall eating disorders, Yale University has established a history of tormenting underweight students Back when Lila was a mere wisp of a college student, she was 5’0″ and weighed all of 95 pounds. Sometimes it might even be a bit less. When she joined the Army several years later, her […]

Educational Advice for The Parents of Alexis Martin, 3-Year-Old Genius

February 21, 2014


Check out Washington Montessori School and Bard College at Simon’s Rock. Maybe you have seen the news:  three-year-old Alexis Martin of Arizona has an off-the-charts IQ and is the youngest-ever member of Mensa’s Arizona chapter.  Little Alexis reportedly reads at the fifth-grade level and taught herself Spanish using an iPad, among other insanely advanced accomplishments. […]

Joan Larsen’s Life Stories: Leaping the Chasm Between High School and Life

February 12, 2014


 by Joan Larsen Looking back, it probably was a fairly smooth path before our kids became teenagers . . . though, in retrospect, we have to admit that we all have had “our moments” back then.  Somehow, those years seem like child’s play to us now.  In our world today, it is the teen years […]

Statistics Show US Population is Too Sick, Uneducated and Impoverished

January 24, 2014


Warning:  this is not a politically correct post. Any  population will always have some individuals who are diseased, incompetent, weak, and generally unfit for reproduction or survival, to put it in Darwinian terms.  A healthy, competent, self-sufficient population will always have some minimal number of these individuals, but the majority of a successful population will […]

Let Kids Be Kids: Go Play Outside!

January 20, 2014


The most important skills that children everywhere must learn in order to live happy, productive, moral lives are skills that cannot be taught in school. Such skills cannot be taught at all. They are learned and practised by children in play. – Peter Gray Okay, raise your hand if you grew up in the 1950s, […]

Every School Should Send Out A Letter Like This

October 11, 2013


Carol Hampton Rasco (Since 2001, President and CEO of Reading is Fundamental) sent this post around on Facebook and is encouraging everyone to share.  I think it’s well worth a look… and if you are a school teacher, principal, or administrator, please consider… strongly consider… initiating something like this as a tradition in your own […]

Would the Joan Rubin School be an Educational Disaster?

August 15, 2013


Last week, Notes to Ponder shared this experience in the Comments here: “I was plucked out of the mainstream school system in 1970, placed in an alternative school where we were encouraged to learn whatever struck our fancy.  An education experiment that gave IQ tests to all grade 3 students in the district, culling the […]

IT’S or ITS? An Easy Way to Remember

August 6, 2013


I’ll never blast a blogger or a fan fiction writer for a few grammatical errors or spelling mistakes, but the basic mistakes creeping into professional publications are reaching worrisome levels.  People who are paid to write or edit owe to their employers – and their audience – to do so correctly. There are plenty of […]

Off to College? Choose Your Major Wisely

August 5, 2013


Okay, kids, it’s back to school time, and some of you are heading off to college.  Soon you will be faced with the decision of what to study.  Before you go prancing forth with some naive notion of “following your dreams,” be sure of some things: 1)  There are actually jobs to be had in […]

Reading Comprehension: When Journalists Fall For a Bad Joke

July 19, 2013


Doesn’t anyone hear an “internal voice” when they read anymore? Following the Asiana Airlines crash in San Francisco, an embarrassing journalistic gaffe occurred when KTVU-TV aired some offensive prank names, mistakenly believing them to be the names of the pilots and crew involved in the crash. Somehow – inconceivably to me – this mistake got […]