Perspectives

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The True Meaning Of Heart

Aug 4, 2017

I didn't know him. He wasn't a relative. But I would make a five-hour drive to Charles City, Iowa, for a memorial service honoring a 15-year-old whose sacrifice would give life to five others.
 

Logan Luft -- a wrestler, outdoorsman, and excellent student -- would be declared brain dead after an ATV accident on July 4. When he had acquired his driver's learning permit, he chose to be listed as an organ donor. His family would honor that request, and his liver, pancreas, and kidneys would give new life to four individuals.

Broaden Your View Of Your World

Aug 3, 2017

I want my kids to look for unexpected potential in others and in themselves, but do I do the same?

Citing a study, The New York Times reported that when children over five saw a box filled with items, they struggled to see the box as anything other than a container. But the younger children saw it as a flexible resource with a variety of uses.

An Educational Take On Immigration

Aug 2, 2017

Ronald Reagan’s 1983 commission on education first sounded the alarm of our decreasing levels of academic achievement when it announced, "The educational foundations of our society are presently being eroded by a rising tide of mediocrity that threatens our very future as a nation and a people."

The most recent test results show American high school students continuing to fall behind the rest of the world. In science, the U.S. ranked 25th; in reading, 24th; and in math 40th! Where are we going to get talented workers with the current situation in our secondary education system?

 

I’m spending my summer in Minnesota, near the Canadian border, thinking and teaching about the difference between wildness and wilderness.

The Wilderness Act of 1964 allows Congress to designate “wilderness areas.” In 1978, the boundary waters canoe area wilderness was created here. At a million acres, it’s the largest wilderness in the Midwest. There are now nearly 110 million acres of wilderness in the U.S.

What About A Civics Course For Adults?

Jul 31, 2017

A couple of legislative sessions ago, a new law was passed requiring all public high school students in Illinois to take a semester of civics before graduating. On its face, this is a noble idea; we adults should help our kids to become better citizens. They should understand the importance of making informed decisions before voting, of how to balance their own interests with the interests of others. And perhaps most importantly, kids need to understand the difference between those who want to rule versus those who want to govern.

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