Archive for the 'Education' Category

The Great Writers produced by the Federal Writers’ Project

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

My fellow booksellers in these parts were recently advised to research and stock books created under the auspices of the FDR-era “Federal Writers’ Project,” a tax-and-spend-and-elect outfit created in 1935 as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration. That’s good advice as far as it goes. Writers who later became well-known, from Nelson Algren […]

Southbound

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Mom found the following 580-word piece in my dad’s papers, two-and-a-half handwritten sheets with a few cross-outs and corrections, with (but not part of) his autobiography. For geographic clarification, my folks lived the past 55 years on a wooded ridge in Marlborough, Connecticut — if you gaze north-northwest to the next ridge line, those woods […]

Reducing crime without more ‘gun control’

Friday, December 6th, 2013

By Vin Suprynowicz It’s the holiday season, when we’re reminded to give thanks. Indeed, we risk going into a tailspin if we concentrate only on our problems, without remembering to be thankful for health, for friends and loved ones, for living in a country where we can stand up for our liberties by speaking and […]

Will anyone miss them when they’re gone?

Monday, May 6th, 2013

The daily paper as you’ve known it is going the way of the drive-in movie, the party line, and black-and-white TV. The financial reasons are well known: The Internet and tax-subsidized direct mail have sucked up much of the advertising revenue — by providing better, more efficient targeting — and significantly altered the business models […]

Making life worse for those in pain

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

During the Christmas season, 1994, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration put Las Vegas medical doctor Dietrich Stoermer, who had treated our troops in Vietnam, on trial here for writing “too many” painkiller prescriptions. Since other doctors worried about being “red-flagged” by the drug police if they took on the cases of chronic pain patients, Dr. […]

And so the shrieking and the hollering begins

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

You want positive evidence that close proximity to government causes brain damage? Democrats invented “the sequester” and Barack Obama signed it into law. Bob Woodward writes for The Washington Post (at http://tinyurl.com/abrm948): “My extensive reporting for my book ‘The Price of Politics’ shows that the automatic spending cuts were initiated by the White House and […]

Everybody still crazy ’bout a gun-free zone

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

John Lott, whose ground-breaking 1998 book “More Guns, Less Crime” exhaustively documented the way crime drops when local law is changed to require authorities to issue concealed firearm permits to all qualified applicants, made an interesting observation following the tragic Dec. 14 murders of 20 schoolchildren and six disarmed adults in Newtown, Conn. Back in […]

No Educrat Left Behind

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

We pour far more money per student into the public schools than our grandparents did — even corrected for inflation. A small number of bright, hard-working kids, encouraged by parents who put an emphasis on achievement, continue to do well. Our trade and career high schools are often another bright spot. But at most government-run […]

Grade inflation still rife at ‘turnaround’ high schools

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

A year ago, hundreds of Chaparral students gathered outside the local Las Vegas high school, chanting “Let’s go, Cowboys!” and “We are Chap!” — expressing support for teachers and staff who’d just been told they faced being replaced this year for their utter academic failure. Add one more charge to the indictment: Outside of cheerleading, […]

That’s a lot of extra schoolbooks

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

I see where two local groups have announced the largest in-kind donation ever made to Southern Nevada’s Public Education Foundation, the nonprofit that channels charitable aid to the Clark County School District. The Latin Chamber of Commerce and Another Joy Foundation plan to give to the Foundation textbooks for which they list a value of […]