|"look at my pig tails, Daddy!"|
A math curriculum that focused on real-life problems would still expose students to the abstract tools of mathematics, especially the manipulation of unknown quantities. But there is a world of difference between teaching “pure” math, with no context, and teaching relevant problems that will lead students to appreciate how a mathematical formula models and clarifies real-world situations.
Guns in the home proving deadly for kids When letting your child go on playdate, do you ask if there are guns in the home? This mom wishes you would.
Although mass shootings get more attention, children are far more likely to be killed at home. Through homicide, suicide and accidents, guns cause twice as many deaths in young people as cancer, five times as many as heart disease and 15 times as many as infections, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
I wish more pastors didn't still view addiction in primarily moral terms. Yes, addictive behaviors often begin with a moral failing like selfishness or overindulgence. But full-blown addiction involves physiological and psychological components that go beyond sin or even choice. Trying harder, reading the Bible more, or praying more are rarely the solution.
If you accept some parts of your holy book and reject others -- on what basis are you doing that? Whatever part of you says that stoning adulterers is wrong but helping poor people is good; that planting different crops in the same field is a non-issue but bearing false witness actually is pretty messed-up; that slavery is terrible but it's a great idea to love your neighbor as yourself... that's the same thing telling atheists what's right and wrong.
|I woke up and found Cork had these ready to go for me and the girls. Isn't he the best?|
James Dobson So Glad Feminism Is Over and Women Want to Be Mommies Again If you don't know who James Dobson is, lucky you! I'm obviously not his biggest fan. He was (is?) very influential in some fundamentalist religious parenting circles. He is a big proponent of hitting kids till they hurt (to beat their sinful nature right out of them!). You know, like his dog, whom he also beat. Anyway, somehow he's still relevant. He got some attention for writing a mother's day post where he blames "the homosexuals" and feminists for trying to destroy our families! And our nation! (but don't worry guys, they are losing!) And according to Dr. Dobson, a feminist is basically an angry woman who is all, if I can kill a baby with my bare hands, I can open my own door!
Needless to say, Dobson also leaves out the considerable range of reactions to Miller’s article, (this New York Mag article, which was actually really controversial) and the debates that it has sparked. Nah, what gets Dobson excited is that “even” liberals and feminists are “discovering” that children matter and that they thrive in stable, loving homes. Because, hey, we were all so busy having gay sex while driving our Subarus to the Abortionplex that we never thought of that.
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Our nation has seen judgment not once but twice on September 11. That’s why we’re going to have ‘9/11 Pray’ on that day. Is there anything better that we can do on that day rather than to humble ourselves and to pray to an almighty God?”
|she put on her own lipstick!|
A crowd of innocent people attending the Boston marathon are maimed by flying shrapnel from homemade bombs. A crowd of innocent people attending a Mother's Day celebration in New Orleans are maimed by flying bullets. Two public events. Two terrible tragedies. One act of violence becomes a huge news story, transfixing the media's attention for months and drawing outraged proclamations from politicians and pundits. Another act of violence is dismissed as the normal way of the world and quickly forgotten. The victims bleeding on the ground may be forgiven for failing to see the distinction between the two acts. For those on the receiving end, violence is violence. For the rest of us, it is a rhetorical tool, to be deployed when it fits a narrative of American triumphalism. Otherwise it will be forgotten, by everyone except the victims.
|at the park, Maggie met a friend her age. She went up to her and said,|
"hi, baby! I'm a baby too!"
Poll: Americans angry about Benghazi can't find it on a map Turn off Fox News and buy a darn map!
Of the 41 percent of Republicans who consider Benghazi to be the worst political scandal in American history, 39 percent are unaware that Benghazi is located in Libya. 10 percent said it's in Egypt, 9 percent in Iran, 6 percent in Cuba, 5 percent in Syria, 4 percent in Iraq, and 1 percent each in North Korea and Liberia, with 4 percent unwilling to venture a guess.