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Arizona and Florida Leading the Way in Education Reform...

For the last fifty years the federal government has been pushing themselves into public education more and more in an effort to bridge the gap between under performing students and achievement across socio-economic status. Unfortunately, no matter what the program has been called over the years, bureaucratic driven ‘fixes’ have not bridged any gaps, nor have they helped American students remain competitive with other developed nations’ students. The answer to this problem is simple: parents. Parents know what is best for their unique student. Parents instinctively know what works and what doesn’t work for their child and they know (despite what many educational lawmakers believe) to whom to turn when their children have needs that can’t be met...

Arizona and Florida Leading the Way in Education Reform
posted on: Sep 24, 2014 | author: admin

The Family Dinner Table Makes Happier Kids...

Over the past fifty years or so a curious has happened within families – homes have shifted from family members working together as a unit to individuals living together. This new focus on the individual can be seen in parents working outside the home more, children (younger and younger every year) making sports and other extracurricular activities their top priority and less time spent together while at home. Blame it on technology, the media or a declining value system in our country, but at the end of the day families are failing because of this shift. The teenage years have always been tough, even before all the current distractions, but it seems nowadays with social media and isolation...

The Family Dinner Table Makes Happier Kids
posted on: Sep 22, 2014 | author: admin

Global Sex Norms Isn’t the Answer...

The growing trend of cultural acceptance, at all costs, that permeates every aspect of Western culture (especially in the U.S) actually has bounds. While everyone must accept (and even cheer for) radical Islamic mosques, atheist protests of children’s Christmas pageants and same sex couples, we must not respect, nor accept, unique cultural views on sexuality. It seems that when it comes to sex education, and an individual’s beliefs regarding sex, there needs to be a global norm in order to overcome the outdated, divisive, oppressive views of conservatives across the world. In a recent, scathing, article from the Washington Post, writer Jonathon Zimmerman, criticizes the lack of progress in a “global norm on sex education”. Interestingly enough, included...

Global Sex Norms Isn’t the Answer
posted on: Sep 19, 2014 | author: admin

Sexual Immorality: A Society is Only as Good as the Church...

Last month, Christian recording artist Vicky Beeching “came out of the closet” as gay. Sadly, she is not the first Christian entertainer to do so, as recording artists Ray Boltz and Jennifer Knapp have done so in recent years. Unfortunately, the cases of Boltz, Knapp, and Beeching are the tip of a very large iceberg that is pervasive in the Christian entertainment world: rampant sexual immorality. Affairs and divorces are very common in the world of Christian music. Sandy Patty and Michael English—both Grammy winners—fell to affairs. Amy Grant, also a Grammy winner, created a stir after her divorce, shortly thereafter marrying Vince Gill. Buck Rambo left his wife, Dottie Rambo—one of the finest Christian songwriters of our...

Sexual Immorality: A Society is Only as Good as the Church
posted on: Sep 8, 2014 | author: admin
The Education Economy: America’s Next Big Thing

The Education Economy: America’s Next Big Thing...

posted on: Sep 5, 2014 | author: admin

Barely a day goes by when our government—particularly our education establishment—extolls the virtues of a college degree. And our youth, with the parents co-signing the loans, have answered the call, as student loan debt has escalated to nosebleed levels: student loan debt now exceeds $1 trillion! Brandon Busteed, writing in The Gallup Business Journal, addresses the 9,000-pound elephant in the room, questioning whether the costs of a college degree have exceeded the benefits. Students are graduating from high school ill-prepared for the workforce. Making matters worse, the marginal value of a college degree is in rapid decline due to market saturation, and that is before factoring in the effect of student loan debt, which–with few exceptions–has dubious economic tradeoff. During the economic collapse of 2008, many adults, seeing a terrible job market, opted for college, hoping that, by the time they finished their degrees, the job market would be...

Hope vs. Nihilism

Hope vs. Nihilism

posted on: Sep 3, 2014 | author: admin

The recent suicide of legendary actor Robin Williams was a major shocker that left many wondering how and why such a gifted, funny, and charitable man would choose to end his life. Surprisingly, as the news unfolded, a portrait of Williams began to emerge: profound struggles with depression and substance abuse, as well as a recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease. The irony of a stellar and celebrated comedian who, behind closed doors, struggled with personal demons that ultimately drove him over the edge, was not lost on the world.Ultimately, Williams decided—perhaps without his full faculties—that hope was lost. The struggles with drugs, the struggles with depression, the struggles with Parkinson’s Disease. At some point, he lost his bearings, and, when that happens, it becomes easy to lose hope.Unfortunately, that is how Nihilism works: life is meaningless and without hope; life is but a series of random events strung together...

It Is Possible to Eat Healthy on a Food Stamp Budget

It Is Possible to Eat Healthy on a Food Stamp Budget...

posted on: Aug 29, 2014 | author: admin

Sometimes, NPR gets it right. And when they do, they are on the bulls-eye. This is one of those times. Food prices are a major concern for every American, particularly those who live on government assistance. In the midst of the nutritional imperatives, many financially struggling individuals and families often note that eating well is more expensive than eating unhealthy food. While that is true in most cases, Molly Roberts–writing for NPR–points out that it is possible to eat well, even on a food stamp budget. She reported, recently, of a new cookbook created by Canadian, Leanne Brown, who, while working on her masters in Food Studies, decided that Americans with SNAP benefits had no good ideas on how to stretch their budgets and eat well. Her answer is a free cookbook filled with beautiful pictures, realistic recipes, and lots of ideas. Even better, innovative farmers–such as Joel Salatin–have...

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