Abuse of power is an age-old story. But those who wield their authority over a child for sexual pleasure are in a whole other category entirely. How do you effectively teach a young child to respect their elders, yet be continually alert for transgressions?
We cannot let the Penn State case come and go, fade from the front pages, until we learn of the next shocking incident of long-term, cover-up molestation. These situations are happening everywhere we live. On virtually every block of America's city and suburban neighborhoods.
Ignorance is part and parcel of being human, we always know less than we think we know, but it is our job as human beings to reduce ordinary ignorance, eliminate willful ignorance, and aspire to higher ignorance as much as possible.
My generation, whether writing critical essays about our parents' generation, or choosing "nothing to do but occupy," are burying our master's talents when the times call for us to invest our gifts.
I am concerned that the emphasis on collegiate sports that pervades our national culture has its inevitable "dumbing down" effect on students and the institutions themselves.
Be prepared for a full-fledged onslaught of image-enhancing and fund-raising advertisements across all traditional platforms -- plus an upsurge of banner ads, web videos and a multiplicity of 'social media' messaging in the digital space.
While the rest of the world speeds ahead of us academically on the secondary level and countries like China concentrate on creating their own MITs and Stanfords, our best state universities have created a fratty, patriarchal sports culture that is often antithetical to good citizenship.
What's the main takeaway from the Penn State child abuse horror? For me it's all about taking a hard look at our accepted priorities -- at what's at the top of our societal list in terms of what matters.
Can any trial jury selected to decide this case conceivably find Jerry Sandusky not guilty given what the public already has learned from the clearly incendiary grand jury report?
Two-thirds of the American public thought the manner in which Penn State handled the recent child sexual abuse controversy was similar to how the Catholic Church handled its child sexual abuse controversies.
One of the risk factors for becoming a sexual abuser of children is having been victimized yourself. One of my concerns as a clinical psychologist is that our sticking our heads in the sand can perpetuate this cycle.
I think fear is a real quandary for society. All we have at the moment is exposure of crimes and a salute to the victims, the brave ones who courageously stand up to these bullying organizations and institutions.
Over the past several weeks of the Penn State scandal, I have been astonished by the number of people who failed to do the right thing. I'm fairly convinced the reason is because each of them found the right thing hard to do.
As a gay man, over the years I have met men with varying degrees of comfort with their sexuality. The most repressed men were insistent that they were 100 percent heterosexual, and that any same-sex activity they would engage in was "just horsing around."
Pausing in the stadium in the midst of the Saturday afternoon festivities to remember the victims of Sandusky's alleged abuses made a great deal of sense. Why a prayer spectacle was required to do this isn't at all clear to me.
Queery: "I was having dinner with some friends, and the subject of the Penn State scandal came up. One of the straight guests was on a rant about it and said, 'This is a perfect example of why gays shouldn't be parents.'"