Why Couldn’t We Be Like New Zealand?

While I try to be careful about making comparisons when there are two many dissimilarities between what is being compared, it can be quite helpful to at least be aware of how some entities tackle a problem you too are confronting. And so, we are compelled to look at...

Open Mouth, Insert Foot

As most of us know by now, one-time Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville has his sights set on being elected one of Alabama's two U.S. senators this November.  He recently defeated former senator Jeff Sessions and runs against incumbent Democrat Doug...

A Teacher Speaks

Justin Minkel teaches 1st and 2nd grades at Jones Elementary in Springdale, Ark., a high-performing, high-poverty school where 85 percent of the students are English-language learners. Minkel was the 2007 Arkansas Teacher of the Year.  He shares his thoughts on where...

An Interesting Look At The 1918 Pandemic

Most of us had never heard of the pandemic of 1918 until we ran headlong into the pandemic of 2020.  So from time to time we've come across references to 1918.  But what was it really all about?  Here is an excellent article by Christine Hauser of The New York...

The UNITED States Of America. Really?

We've all had it pounded in our heads virtually from birth that we live in a united country of 50 different states. Truth is, few things could be farther from the truth.  If it were, we would all be pulling in the same direction at the same time, striving for common...

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