What’s my excuse?

I can’t believe it has been since early October that I have posted here. This after promising myself I would post 1-2 times a week.

I think the main trouble — aside teaching my classes, grading papers, working out, training/walking my dog, grocery shopping, running errands, house searching, doing research on any number of topics, etc. — is that I don’t think my thoughts are worth sharing. I mean who would want to read this stuff?

I love to read the op-ed pages of the Washington Post and the New York Times. Now those people have something to say — Dionne, Krugman, Collins, Dowd — and they say it so well. Would that I could….


I heard on Morning Edition today that the U.S. is still doing poorly in terms of educating our young. I think we ranked 10th or so in 8th grade math proficiency.

College students were shocked to find that they didn’t do well on basic math pre-tests when they arrived at college. They don’t seem to understand that modern education has adopted what I call the “youth soccer” mentality.

In youth soccer, every kid on every team, no matter how pedestrian their skills, gets a trophy. If every kid in the league gets a trophy, then what’s their value?

In my college-level journalism classes, I have a few students each semester who simply don’t belong in college. Period. They can’t rub two words together to make a sentence.

When I point this out to them, instead of talking about making a renewed effort to correct their errors, they whine and fuss about how hard their lives are now and refuse to do the work necessary to get it right.

But I don’t blame them. They are used to gaming the system. It’s kind of “what you do” as a teenager in high school.

I blame their teachers for not having the courage to look them in the eye and tell them, “Sorry, it wasn’t good enough.” Too few are afraid to say that.

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