This month in Boston, thousands of teachers will gather for the annual National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) conference. Two non-teachers will be there, too: Charles and David Koch, the notorious right-wing billionaires.
President Obama has an opportunity, and an obligation to reassure Americans. In his speech from the White House on Sept. 10, the president seemed to deviate between trivializing ISIS and beating the war drums.
Manners are not political correctness. Trying to assure that those around you are comfortable is not political correctness. It is a value the Right lost with the rise of the likes of Ann Coulter and Bill O'Reilly.
In one of my recent columns, where I went down to try and chronicle the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) muddle, I found only a handful of what I called "intelligent life forms." But it turns out I got this wrong.
In an age where the mission statement of far too much of our media seems to be Mark Twain's "get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please," I am somewhat at a loss for how our school system failed John Stossel.
Stossel's shopworn technique is to marshal his porous arguments in two ways. He leaves out crucial information, and uses facts that aren't particularly germane, all the while betting that viewers won't know any better.