Obama and the meaning of Christmas – and some advice for Christmas sermons

You have to wait until minute 13 of this 18 minute video to hear it, but President Barack Obama, in a Dec. 21 visit to the Washington D.C. Boys and Girls Club, does a little evangelizing about the “reason we celebrate Christmas” after reading the Polar Express to the kids and listening to a litany … More Obama and the meaning of Christmas – and some advice for Christmas sermons

Why our boys are failing – and what you can do about it

It’s Christmas, and I have a request for fathers out there: Buy your sons some boy-friendly books and then read with them. If you’re rubbing your head thinking, “What the heck’s a boy-friendly book,” chances are you’ve let Mom handle the literacy efforts in your household. Time to change, because in spite of No Child … More Why our boys are failing – and what you can do about it

The politics of food and the looming health crisis

Health care reform needs to include food industry reform. The well-off often wonder why the poor are obese. I can tell you simply: fattening “food” is cheap. I call it “food” because anything with more than four ingredients on its label can hardly be called real food – it is little more than processed poison, … More The politics of food and the looming health crisis

Sexting suicide and school discipline policies

Horrific news from my peeps on the Education Writers Association listserve about a 13-year-old who killed herself in September after bullying related to a “sexting” incident. EWA passed the St. Petersburg Times story byAndrew Meacham that details the chain of events from the moment in June that young Hope Witsell decided to send a cell … More Sexting suicide and school discipline policies