Today’s offering on the Diane Rehm show was informative and a great example of how investigative journalism – Daniel Zwirdling’s, not Rehm’s – can bring about positive change. Hundreds of our soldiers are returning from the combat zone with traumatic brain injury, or TBI. Sadly, as Zwirdling’s reporting (with help of T. Christian Miller of Propublica) discovered, many of them are hitting a brick wall or having to swim a sea of red tape to get the help they need.
Congress has begun asking questions and folks from the White House down have said they are working to fix the problem both for soldiers at home and on the battle field, but the fact that young men and women are losing their cognitive function through the incidents of war is yet one more reason for us to get the heck out of there ASAP. As one commenter said in yesterday’s post, we should have never gone.
On a lighter note, this is like the ladies who claim to see pictures of the Virgin Mary in tortillas: Scientists claim to
see visions of the human brain stem in Michelangelo’s frescos. And on an concerning note, this tidbit, about law schools practicing rather overt retroactive grade inflation to help their grads get jobs and their school’s ratings stay high, is more than a tad discouraging, especially since some of those law schools are Catholic and thus, held to a higher standard by yours truly where ethics are concerned.
And speaking of brains, school and ethics, time for me to go plan lessons for the integrated unit I have to teach this fall on The Scarlet Letter. Have a great Thursday.