Enough is enough: let children be children

Education is the key to success. This is the mantra of business leaders, politicians and parents. More education means more opportunities for higher paying jobs. Higher income means more than simply having more things. It translates into improved quality of life through better health and nutrition. The evidence seems conclusive. College graduates earn more than […]

Cons of school dress code: helping students dress for success

The last days of summer saw students and parents shopping for school supplies and clothes from the list given out by their schools. Parents spent precious dollars, being told that this investment would pay dividends in increased student learning. According to Yolanda Valdez, principal of Dinuba High School, “The dress code sets the tone for […]

Pros of school dress code: helping students dress for safety

Each year more and more schools adopt some form of dress code. While some challenges have been made concerning their constitutionality, in general court rulings have supported codes that are instituted properly and can be shown to be rationally related to a legitimate pedagogical purpose. The safety of the children in the schools appears to […]

Proof of global warming as good as science can get—its time for action

When Al Gore was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for his environmental activism against global warming, the most immediate consequence was an increase in the temperature of the debate over climate change. Columnists and pundits denounced the decision as a politically motivated. Thousands of university faculty and professional scientists around the country have received petitions […]

Armenia, Turkey, genocide and…Freud

It’s no coincidence that I’ve been thinking of Sigmund Freud during the debate over whether our nation should recognize Turkey’s murder of 1.5 million Armenians during World War I as “genocide.” Like Freud’s theories, Turkey’s denials have remarkable staying power, despite overwhelming evidence against them. Freud’s longevity, however, stems from his desire to reveal rather […]

The haunting of the Central Valley

Ghosts. Psychic phenomena. Mysterious rites conducted by the light of a full moon. Is the Central Valley the epicenter of ectoplasmic activity? Could our hometown, like Sunnydale, be situated on its own “Hellmouth”? Or are these claims a symptom of a more general malaise? It’s been nearly a decade since the finale of The X-Files, […]

Let’s make Children’s Day meaningful

Universal Children’s Day is celebrated November 20 by the United Nations and is intended to promote the welfare of the world’s children. As this day nears, I find myself thinking more about the condition of life for children in the U.S. With all sides of the political and social spectrum debating whether the family is […]

Halloween misinformation abounds, confuses

The traditions of Halloween, so called because it is the evening before the Principal Feast of All Hallows (more commonly known as All Saints’ Day), are usually seen at best as a blend of Celtic and Roman mythology, and at worst as thinly veiled (and hence dangerous) Satanic rituals. The Internet teems with websites on […]

School counselors and accountability

The mission of schools has become very clear with No Child Left Behind, standards-based reform measures and school improvement initiatives. It’s all about accountability. School counselors, however, have not always been included as an integral part of standards-based reform measures. Why have school counselors been excluded from the mission of the school? One reason is […]

Can Christians support Buddhist monks?

Cultures are colliding at an unparalleled rate. As the globe continues to shrink via media, Internet and other communications, there is increased awareness of similarities and differences between groups of people. This new understanding can lead to fresh questions, particularly with regard to theology. As a follower of Christ I have witnessed the recent atrocities […]