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  • don bosch 5:29 am on 02/26/2016 Permalink
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    Dad wants teacher to explain why she didn’t let his second grade son use the restroom, and then made him spend the day in soiled pants.

    He ends up in handcuffs.

    Parents believe his arrest was retaliation because he demanded more resources for students from the principal. “We refuse to have a knucklehead principal with the help of the police coming into our communities treating us and our kids as future criminals,” said Fritz Vilton, a parent.

    As Prof Reynolds often notes, public education is a lot like child (and parent) abuse these days.

  • don bosch 7:39 am on 01/04/2016 Permalink
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    Jonathan Haidt: Campus turmoil begins in high school.

    Almost. The root cause is fatherless households, and young men who don’t know how to be men.

  • don bosch 8:13 am on 01/26/2015 Permalink
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    Hey Dad, have you read your kid’s homework lately?

  • don bosch 9:22 am on 01/19/2015 Permalink
    Tags: education, homeschooling   

    Instapundit: Majority of public K-12 students in poverty.

    All is proceeding as I have foreseen. But the WaPo has missed the big story — it’s not that so many students are poor, it’s that the non-poor students, and parents, are exiting the public schools. More attention to that phenomenon, and why it’s happening, would be useful.

    There’s a clear link to fatherless families too. Though they don’t have to be wealthy (many pastor and missionary families of modest means do this) homeschooling is largely the realm of middle class families with two parents. Typically it’s dad who works full-time and a mom who has parked a career to personally invest in her kid’s education.

    Very few single moms have the means to do this.

  • don bosch 9:29 am on 11/17/2014 Permalink
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    #HowtoFather: Andrew Klavan – Cowls in the Hood: How to Help the Poor

    Beginning this Thursday, your local PBS station will be airing a powerful documentary called The Rule, from Bongiorno Productions. It follows the monks of a Benedictine abbey called Newark Monastery. That’s Newark, as in New Jersey. The monastery runs St. Benedict’s Prep there, a school for young men from the inner city — from the slums, not to put too fine a point on it. Whereas two thirds of poor kids never get any higher education, the boys who attend the monks’ school go on to college at a rate of about one hundred percent. Which, for those of you who weren’t educated in a Benedictine monastery, means all of them.

    I urge you to watch this show. It’s incredibly involving and moving and uplifting. And, if you care about the heartbreaking and intractable problems facing America’s poor and oftentimes minority youth, it’s instructive.

    Something the Jesuits knew too. And this: “The point is, poverty recreates itself by generating the behaviors that cause it.”

  • don bosch 10:06 am on 10/03/2014 Permalink
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    Insipid indeed – Exercise is ADHD medicine:

    Mental exercises to build (or rebuild) attention span have shown promise recently as adjuncts or alternatives to amphetamines in addressing symptoms common to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Building cognitive control, to be better able to focus on just one thing, or single-task, might involve regular practice with a specialized video game that reinforces “top-down” cognitive modulation, as was the case in a popular paper in Nature last year. Cool but still notional. More insipid but also more clearly critical to addressing what’s being called the ADHD epidemic is plain old physical activity.

    This morning the medical journal Pediatrics published research that found kids who took part in a regular physical activity program showed important enhancement of cognitive performance and brain function.

    So why are we drugging so many young boys, when they just need some recess and physical sports activities?


  • don bosch 11:20 am on 09/29/2014 Permalink
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    Amazing ride ends for Derek Jeter’s dad, too:

    The playing career of his famous son, beginning in Little League and continuing for 20 years in The Bronx, is finally over and now Derek’s dad will have that same empty feeling most fathers experience when their sons and daughters are teenagers, or in some cases their early 20’s.

    Related: What Derek Jeter and His Family Can Teach Educators and Parents

  • don bosch 9:13 am on 09/29/2014 Permalink
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    Leadership 101: The Fireable Offense of Brady Hoke

    Disgusting. Reprehensible. Despicable. Atrocious. Disturbing. None of these adjectives can truly describe just how horrifying it is that Hoke had absolutely no problem reinserting Morris back into this game. None.

  • don bosch 2:16 pm on 09/25/2014 Permalink
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    Dalrock: Earlier this week Bill Frezza rhetorically asked at Forbes why drunk female students are never described as irresponsible jerks. Now he knows.

    More and more universities are treating our sons and daughters like lame-brained, helpless idiots who are incapable of being responsible young adults. Sort of the opposite of the empowerment they were promised.

  • don bosch 8:19 am on 09/17/2014 Permalink
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    Trying to host a men’s group on a college campus today is like trying to host a Christian Bible study at your home in Saudi Arabia.

    For instance, start a women’s group on a college campus and you’re likely to get government funding for it. Start a men’s group on a college campus and you’re likely to be branded a hate groupBut then, these guys are rather subversive – you know, asking for equality and all:

    With these accusations put to rest and AVfM working as a sponsor and strong supporter, KSUM presses onward in its goals for male students on campus.

    One of their objectives is to change the name of the Women’s Resource and Interpersonal Violence Prevention Center. The group wants ‘Women’s Resource’ taken out of the name.

    “They offer services to both men and women at the Interpersonal Violence Prevention Center,” Sage Gerard said. “The problem is that, basically, they have a unisex restroom, but they taped a women’s sign over the unisex sign. So guys don’t even realize that the services are available to men.

    The idea is to have a gender neutral name for that center so that men and women both understand that there’s a place for them.”

    Shameka Wilson, director of the WRIVPC, disagrees with this viewpoint and does not believe such a change is feasible.

    “I do not foresee the name of the WRIVPC changing in the near future,” Wilson said. “Men are more than welcome to take part in events and programs sponsored by the WRIVPC. In addition, the Assistant Dean of Student Success has met with the student officials of the KSU student organization, Kennesaw State University Men, and has informed them that the University is growing and that there may be opportunities in the future to develop a Men’s Resource Center.”

    Until such an entity exists, however, KSUM will continue in its efforts to change the center’s name.

    Secondly, the group wants to see changes to the Gender and Women’s Studies Program at KSU.

    “What we want to do is we want to diversify the literature,” Gerard said. “In essence, there’s coverage for LGBT, black community, and women. But there’s no coverage necessarily for masculinity, at least not in a way that’s really sensitive to the male experience.”

    Stacy Keltner, coordinator of the Gender and Women’s Studies Program, points out the many different areas covered. “If you look at our course offerings, you will see that our program is very diverse,” Keltner said. “We have courses on Masculinity Studies, Black Feminisms, Transnational Feminisms, Queer Theory and Sexuality, and we just passed a course on LGBTQ Identities that will launch next fall.”

    This has been taken into consideration by KSUM, however, and does not satisfy their concerns.

    “I don’t think that the masculinity studies course is approaching men with a good attitude,” Gerard said. “It approaches men with the attitude that they are, in essence, angry, incapable of controlling their emotions, and things of that nature. I don’t think that the masculinity studies course is fully representative of the full male perspective. Again, talking about renaming things, I’d say go ahead and call it Gender Studies. That branding thing doesn’t need to be as centric on one gender.”

    Honoring men by acknowledging and respecting how God made them is a big first step in restoring fatherhood and all the social/economic goodness that goes with it. About time our universities started reflecting this. And good on KSUM for acknowledging it.

  • don bosch 9:13 am on 09/10/2014 Permalink
    Tags: education, oxford,   

    Science: Children raised by married parents ‘are better behaved’

    A study published by the [U.K.] Department for Education shows that early education, family income and parents’ marital status has a significant bearing on children’s behaviour and exam results at 16.

    Children raised in stable marital homes are better behaved than classmates brought up by unmarried parents, according to a major government-backed study.

    An analysis of 3,000 children from the early years to the age of 16 has shown those with married parents are more confident, kind and responsible while showing lower levels of anti-social attitudes and hyperactivity.

    The study, led by academics from Oxford and the University of London, said there was a “significant tendency” for poorer behaviour management among children from single-parent families and those brought up by unmarried mothers and fathers.

    Researchers said it suggested married parents were able to provide a more stable domestic environment to nurture children’s social attitudes.

    You don’t want to be a science denier, do you?

    • girlwithadragonflytattoo 12:30 pm on 09/10/2014 Permalink | Reply

      Its honestly so much easier to have my husband active in parenting – I can’t imagine how hard it must be for single parents… they have no back-up, no help day-to-day from another responsible adult in the house. It is infinitely better having both a mom and a dad active in parenting 🙂 way less chance for burning out in trying to do it all on your own.

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  • don bosch 9:34 am on 09/04/2014 Permalink
    Tags: alcohol, education   

    Enforcing the Taboo

    In the past year, colleges have come under increasing pressure to properly deal with reports of sexual assault. They have a legal obligation to resolve such reports promptly and fairly, penalizing those found responsible. If the institutions mishandle the reports, they may be found in violation of the gender-equity law known as Title IX, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

    As a result, many campuses are going on the offensive—offering educational programs, often online courses, that warn about the dangers of sexual assault and tell students how to prevent it. Soon, under new federal regulations, such training will be mandatory.

    But most programs don’t focus on students’ decisions, including how much to drink. One reason is that, for 15 years, the Department of Justice has run a grant program that serves as a major source of funds to colleges developing resources for sexual-assault prevention. Campus efforts considered “out of scope” for the grants include programs that “focus primarily on alcohol and substance abuse,” the grant program says online. It points administrators away from an emphasis on “changing victim behavior.”

    Follow the money.

    The real problem is consent, and how it can be withdrawn (on the young woman’s behalf) after the fact if alcohol is determined to be a factor. My college-age son and daughters will keep hearing this from me until they graduate.

  • don bosch 10:06 am on 08/29/2014 Permalink
    Tags: education,   

    St Michael’s Grammar School cancels Father’s Day but denies it’s a case of political correctness.

    Speaking on 3AW this morning, Head of Junior School Annabelle Knight said next month’s Father’s Day breakfast, traditionally held for Preps each year, would be replaced by a generic Parent’s Day in October. But she denied rumours this was to avoid upsetting the children of same-sex parents.

    St Michael’s principal Simon Gipson could not yet be reached for comment.

  • don bosch 8:26 am on 08/29/2014 Permalink
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    How Northeastern gamed college rankings.

  • don bosch 5:17 am on 08/20/2014 Permalink
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    Reads: The Making of Men, by Dr. Arne Rubinstein. Podcast with the author, discussing boys and rights of passage in Australia, at the link.

  • don bosch 2:25 pm on 08/01/2014 Permalink
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    Plan ahead – Many Parents Have to Pay Off Dead Kids’ Student Loans. 

  • don bosch 9:33 am on 07/23/2014 Permalink
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    Harvard Psychologist: Are you raising nice kids? My first thought on these sorts of things is to wonder whether he has kids of his own (he does) and how they turned out. 

    Truly, the most effective way to have great kids is for them to have a Mom and Dad in their life that honor one another and a relationship with their Heavenly Father. But Harvard won’t to teach you that. See here also.

    BUMPED: Young dad tells bullies to “play nicely” and pays a terrible price. Ok, so it wasn’t his kids he was telling to be nice…

  • don bosch 9:29 am on 07/21/2014 Permalink
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    Women against feminism generates backlash among students. This would be a great subject to discuss as part of the Men’s Studies curriculum. *Oh, wait….*

  • don bosch 8:10 am on 07/21/2014 Permalink
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    Teacher uses grade threat for sex. Dishonor a boy, get broken and dishonorable men. Isn’t that what we learned with girls?

  • don bosch 6:59 pm on 07/14/2014 Permalink
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    You don’t want to be anti-science do you? Growing evidence on the importance of fathers in understanding children’s early communication and language development.

  • don bosch 11:25 am on 07/12/2014 Permalink
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    Dr. Helen: Helping Young Men Fight Back On College Campuses.

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