Do you imagine you would have done more if you were in McQueary's shoes? Because research and experience indicate that, if you are average, you wouldn't have.
Media shock and awe descended upon Happy Valley this week, but nothing was more shocking than the outcries and outrage leveled against Mike McQueary, the Penn State football team's wide receiver coach and recruiting coordinator -- and the whistleblower against Jerry Sandusky.
It is a damning indictment of our society's priorities when the number of wins a man has accumulated as a football coach takes precedence over his role in allowing an accused pedophile to have continued access to children.
It's taken me a few days to begin to make any sense whatsoever of the disturbing and disgraceful story still unfolding at Penn State. Yet this much seems clear: what we are seeing at long last is another tragic example of the human cost of silence in the face of evil.
The teachable moment for us parents that Penn State drives home is the ongoing role we play to help our children make moral decisions. Most likely, our children will never be confronted with such a horrific situation. Instead they face a thousand cuts of ethical quandaries.
The Penn State scandal not only marks the end of Coach Joe Paterno's brilliant career, it is the death knell for the old crisis management canard that a good reputation is a bulwark against future bad news.
So let's take a final lesson from Joe Pa, spin this horrendous tragedy into life's marching orders. How can we do more? How can we prevent pain and suffering in our own communities?
Joe Paterno's form of heroism is driven by his status of being the favorite son. In that role he learns that the key to success is to please others. This stands in sharp contrast to Steve Jobs' form of heroism that is based on being unfavored.
The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it. ~ Albert Ein...
The events surrounding the child molestations at Penn State University have shocked the nation. How could the football team's former defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky, have gotten away with such heinous crimes for so long?
The Penn State scandal has led some to reconsider how we view college football powerhouses. Here's a roundup of how sports columnists this weekend have responded, urging people to see their college football gods in a different light.
Pennsylvania needs to require that any witness to child abuse call the police, and the statute of limitations for civil claims against child abusers needs to be expanded.
We are a society that obsesses over Lindsey Lohan going panty-less or Kim Kardashian making a sex tape, but seems to be hesitant to shine a light on something as seedy as a pedophile hiding amongst its football coaching staff.
By their own admission, we know that Citadel's leaders' decision to keep child sex abuse charges involving their alum and employee from police was a moral failure to "duty honor country."
There were three big stories this week: the sex abuse scandal at Penn State, Mississippi voters' rejection of the so-called personhood amendment, and "the, uh, what's the third one there? Let's see... sorry. Oops." Wait, I just remembered the third one: Rick Perry's epic debate brain freeze! Over in Hollywood, the Academy Awards had more drama than a Best Picture winner, with show producer Brett Ratner self-immolating then resigning, first-time host Eddie Murphy following Ratner out the door, and Billy Crystal riding to the rescue. But it was Penn State -- with its unconscionable cover-up, legendary coach Joe Paterno's rapid fall from grace, and the deeply misguided student protests -- that held the spotlight. It was a harsh but vital reminder that our moral obligation to do the right thing goes well beyond our obligation to follow the letter of the law.