Sex is out of control — in classroom
Let’s talk about sex — in the classroom. I raised one boy 90 percent by myself and two step-children through their younger years. As a seasoned journalist, who doesn’t scare easily, I am absolutely floored by the change in how teachers taught sex ed today compared to how they taught it when I was in fifth grade. I remember being separated from the opposite sex into two groups. All the red-checked ducklings in our group giggled over into Ms. Pr...
Court clings to woeful ruling
Republicans rule the retrograde House because of the misguided voting of the American people, the Senate because of the unconstitutional filibuster and the Supreme Court because of reactionary political decisions.
Fostering the future
One of my favorite movie lines was spoken by the character Tod Higgins in the 1989 film “Parenthood”: “You know, Mrs. Buckman,” Tod said to his girlfriend’s mother, played by Dianne Wiest, “you need a license to buy a dog, to drive a car — hell, you even need a license to catch a fish. But they’ll let any butt-reaming asshole be a father.”
The school-to-prison pipeline in Nevada
The phrase “school-to-prison pipeline” refers to the growing trend of public schools subjecting their students to the criminal process rather than dealing with student behavior issues at school. By subjecting students at an early age to arrests and criminal proceedings it makes them much more susceptible to being arrested and incarcerated when they complete public school or if they drop out. It makes them think this is “normal.” Our public s...
We will survive campaign season
The presidential campaign season is starting to ramp up in its intensity already. Each candidate has fired the first salvo of out-of-context campaign rhetoric at the other candidate and run the same blow endlessly in the various media. Apparently, each camp in this campaign is waiting to fire the main barrage, in what has been touted as a billion-dollar campaign for the presidency, until near the actual election day with hopes of bringing the ...
‘Fortnight of Freedom’: a political nightmare
The all-male political right arm of the Catholic Church is reaching deep into President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. They’re drawing a line in the sand that could determine who will become the next president of the United States. Church leaders have formed a coalition of Catholic organizations, dioceses and individuals under the banner “Fortnight of Freedom” to support right-wing Republicans and Rush Limbaugh in their battle against abortion, ...
Released from my cell
This last week I have been on vacation from the Tribune, but taking time off from one’s duties these days means more than just being away from the office.
And so it begins…
I secretly cross my fingers every four years, hoping that one day we will end up with presidential candidates who don’t make me cringe and roll my eyes at the same time.
We don’t need no education, part VIII
With the unholy new owners of St. Mary’s Hospital conducting mass firings and the Regional Transportation Commission trying to bust the Teamsters, I haven’t had a chance to update you about the latest depredations emanating from the sacred temples of education.
Student Athlete Redefined
As a volunteer for Dash for Dads walked me across the Sparks Marina to find her associate, we both couldn’t help but notice the beauty of the marina. The sun beating down on me reminded me of the previous day, also spent at the Sparks Marina. I pointed toward the beach and said “I was down here yesterday for the concrete canoe competition and…” “Oh how was that!?” she asked with an excitement in her voice, revealing she used to be like me. I w...
The epitaph for common sense in education
Three years ago, under the guise of humor satire and parody, the London Times published an article on their Obituary page mourning the passing of common sense written by Kassie Davidson. She made some good points, poking fun at government regulations, bureaucratic red tape and the Education system. She claimed the demise of common sense started when overbearing laws and regulations were set in place, especially in education. There is no logica...