Tag: Families

Hybrid Teaching Hell: From the Trenches

 

Back in August I wrote a post about my first day back to school, “Why Teachers Think About Quitting“. It feels like it’s been years since I wrote it and it seemed like an appropriate moment to step back and take stock of how things have developed since then in this bizarre “hybrid” teaching world. Some of the issues I mentioned in my post from the first day have been resolved in practical terms- but there are other issues that deserve some attention.

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  For those of us alone this Easter Sunday due to government edicts, it’s nice to remember ’twas not always thus. It started back in 1957. Jim Pop was the stupid city slicker who was willing to pay $1,000 an acre for 12 acres way out in Conn Valley—four miles from town and a mile […]

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  For those of us alone this Easter Sunday due to government edicts, it’s nice to remember ’twas not always thus. It started back in 1957. Jim Pop was the stupid city slicker who was willing to pay $1,000 an acre for 12 acres way out in Conn Valley—four miles from town and a mile […]

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“Some people learn through wide reading. Some learn through observing the experiences of others. But some people just have to touch the hot wire for themselves….”           That old saw came to mind during Passover, when my daughter’s young sister-in-law called up to tell us we were hosting an engagement party for her that week. […]

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Throughout our lives, at one time or another, we all feel that we are included and engaged with the people in our lives; at other times we feel like we are outsiders looking in. When we reflect on our families, our religions, the clubs we belong to, the politics we hold dear, we might believe […]

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Each family has its own character, its own way of functioning (or not functioning). Everyone who lives in the house learns the language and the mindset of their family. One of the interesting parts of getting engaged is that it’s the beginning of more intimate interaction with a family that may be very different from […]

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Thesis: For 55 years conservatives would eventually win every argument on economics, trade, and immigration by chaining liberals to the whippin’ post of data analytics. America is now on the brink of ruin, conservatism on the brink of irrelevancy, and the two political parties are stranded on terra incognita. If conservatives don’t stop winning arguments […]

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The Hidden Message of Same-Sex Marriage

 

shutterstock_219219871The four dissenters in Obergefell v. Hodges lucidly expressed the profound offense against constitutional law and representative democracy the ruling represents. In short, five lawyers, accountable to no one, chose to legislate on a profoundly consequential matter that the people were just beginning to address through democratic means. As Chief Justice Roberts wrote: “Who do we think we are?” If justices cannot resist the urge to legislate, let’s drop the pretense that constitutional law is guided by neutral principles and at least give the people the option to vote justices in (and out).

That the court has struck a blow for gay rights is true enough (and treating homosexuals with respect is long overdue). Unfortunately, the claim that this ruling also strengthens marriage is almost certainly false. To understand why is also to answer the question so often pressed as a taunt by gay marriage supporters: How can extending marriage to gays possibly affect your marriage? The answer lies in the hidden message.

The road to gay marriage began with feminism. Feminists argued that there were no important differences between the sexes. Thus, mothering and fathering were interchangeable. The word ‘parent’ became a verb. If mothers and fathers bring nothing unique or complementary to their roles, then it logically follows that two mothers or two fathers should be just as good. Talk of three or more parents misses the mark. The relevant number is one. If fathers are no different from mothers, then single women needn’t pause before embarking on “parenthood” solo – and they aren’t.

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Marriage itself is a frequent subject here in Ricoland.  We poke and prod at what it means today, what it meant in the past, “Traditional Marriage”, “Same Sex Marriage”, whether children are better off being raised by married parents, etc.  What we have avoided, however, is Divorce.  Sure, we condemn it, we condemn the consequences […]

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The ROI of Being African American

 

moneyThere have been a lot of statistics thrown around this past week about race, violence, crime, and families.  But this one, from The Guardian, brought me up short:

One study shows that while a white family turns every $1 of income into $5 of wealth, for the typical African American family that $1 translates into a mere 69 cents of wealth

We know how progressive liberals interpret this.  Just read The Guardian article — it’s all about the “inequality” and “racist status quo” of American society.  

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For all we fawn over celebrating mothers, or mother-figures on this holiday, we often forget that this day causes a fair amount of discomfort, or even pain for those parents and children whose relationships are rocky, or have failed altogether.  Not all relationships transition well from childhood to adulthood, while other relationships falter later on. […]

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