The Coddling of the American Mind

Something strange is happening at America’s colleges and universities. A movement is underway, undirected and driven largely by students, to scrub campuses clean of words, ideas, and subjects that might cause discomfort or give offence. With this, come numerous articles written by Professors talking about how education has changed.  A number of popular comedians, including Chris Rock, have stopped performing on college campuses.

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Redux: Dissecting the Gay Rights Issue

Redux:  Dissecting the Gay Rights Issue

June 27, 2015:  The decision by five of nine Justices of the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) to make same sex marriages the law of the land is not the final word.  As the final paragraphs of this dissertation (written when the Gay Rights issue emerged previously) suggests that it will be the fortunes of the future generations of children to be adopted by gay parents that will determine if the five Supreme ...

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When Leaders Blow Up: The Amygdala Hijack

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Most of us have had days when suddenly the boss totally loses their cool and reacts disproportionately and irrationally to something that otherwise would not have bothered them. They have a complete meltdown in the middle of the office and have to be led gently away to cool down for a while.
There is a perfectly rational explanation: their prefrontal cortex (the logical bit of their brain) might be being hijacked by their Amygdala (the bit that governs ...
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NEW U OF I STUDY SHOWS EARLY ACADEMICS NOT NECESSARILY BETTER FOR KIDS

A University of Illinois professor is stirring havoc among early childhood education advocates with a new study that debunks the popular belief that earlier formal education is better. Furthermore, the report maintains that a narrow academic curriculum does not recognize the innate inquisitiveness of young children and ultimately fails to address the way they learn.

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Child care reauthorization headed to Obama’s Desk

The bipartisan program supported by Illinois’ Senator Dick Durbin and Senator Mark Kirk provides child care assistance to low-income families to free parents to work or participate in education or job training. The bill allows each state maximum flexibility in developing child care programs, and opens up more provider choices for parents.

U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (R-14) voiced his approval of the Senate passage.

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Doing Nothing to Fix Homelessness Comes With Unexpected Costs for Americans

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The study found that it would cost taxpayers just $10,051 per homeless person to provide permanent housing, as well as services like job training and health care. This means that if central Florida took the permanent supportive housing approach, it could save $350 million over the next decade.  Looming over these studies that can theoretically salvage collapsing state budgets are earlier studies claiming that homeless people are content with their lot.

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