“This isn't an issue of who's president. The US has been against Palestinian statehood for years. Learn some history.”
Honest-Frank on Sep 16, 2011 at 11:15:57
“I also remember that Obama himself said that he was for a Palestinian statehood. Of course he is backing away from those comments.”
CubnKira on Sep 16, 2011 at 10:17:25
“Actually, even Netanayu is willing to have a Palestinian state, but one that must not practice the terror tactics that they do and recognize Israel as a Jewish state which they have refused to do since Israel's birth in 1947-48.”
“I'm not really sure what I'm supposed to make of this list. High freshman retention rates and low student to faculty ratios makes a college "less rigorous?" Less rigorous than what? A university where half of the freshmen don't make it past their first year and the students struggle to get a moment with a professor?
Maybe the creators of this list need to go back to school and learn to use a dictionary because I don't think "rigorous" was the word they were looking for.”
“I don't think those are bad or even simple questions. They're pretty standard reading comprehension questions. They might seem simple to adults and even more so to educated adults, but I think a lot of children would struggle with them because they require some thought. In that case, it isn't a matter of teaching for the test or of poor teachers; it's a matter of our educational system not taking the time to teach critical thinking skills.”
Joe Blow 100 on Aug 6, 2011 at 14:53:17
“In all the arguments I've heard against NCLB it is people complaining that students have to be taught "to the test" and NOT how to think.
Whereas these examples of questions seem like they test a students ability to critically think.”
“Men wearing skinny jeans is revolting? To me that opinion just points to the double standards we hold men to in our culture. Women have (nearly) total clothing rights, whereas men must fit in a certain standard in order to be considered masculine and therefore to be taken seriously.
I like reading about culture but I think I'll skip your book, Mrs. Ingraham. While I do sometimes look at things like Ke$ha and muffin tops and shutter, I also believe that regressing into some backwards ideal of "tradition" is not healthy for a civilization that has already moved in to the 21st century.
To quote Charles Bukowski: "I grow tired of 18th century moralities in a 20th century space-atomic age."”
WHTrout on Aug 3, 2011 at 12:05:21
“Thanks, Mars! Anyone who can quote Charles Bukowski is A-OK in my book! :-) (faved)”
“And I would hope "ducks" can form a better sentence than supposed "non-ducks."
All joking aside, you're wrong. I know there's no changing your mind, but you're wrong. Gender does not exist on a strict binary. To put it simply: gender and sexuality are not black and white, but many shades of gray.”
“Actually, I believe gay men aren't allowed to give blood in Iceland either, and we generally think of Iceland as being fairly progressive (they did after all vote in a lesbian prime minster a few years ago.) And if gay men can't give blood in Iceland, I would assume other countries have equally stupid laws.
But I still agree that this is really not a surprising article, given most Americans' understanding of gender/sexuality and our love of hypocrisy in this nation.”
Jul 15, 2011 at 08:11:22
“Tap water is in fact far more regulated than bottled water. It's one thing to filter your own tap water (although I still think this is a waste of time, energy, and money), but the suggestion that tap water is somehow dirty was really created by the bottle water industry in an attempt to turn people on to their products.
And anyway, the federal government requires tap water to be tested an unbelievable number of times a month. In large cities tap water is tested hundreds of times a month, so often that it is really tested every few hours every day. On the other hand, the FDA relies on the bottled water industry to test it's own products, which of course is never a good idea.”
“Wow. Maybe you should actually work with refugees before you say something like that. I've been working with refugees in the States for four days and I can already see that they are some of the bravest and hardest working people I know.
Besides that, they don't "live for free." They have three months (at least in Georgia) to get it together, and for some that means learning English even though they have never held a pencil before. And they certainly don't live the American dream. They live in apartments, ride the bus, and have to take jobs in factories even if they had better jobs in their native countries.
And yet people like you wonder why the rest of the world looks at Americans with disdain...”
Mainenah on Jul 5, 2011 at 17:30:35
“yeah, umm, they get like three minutes to live in Maine and then, english or not, it's hand-out city.....we're pretty sick of it here.”
“I would love to take historical sewing techniques. I think that the loss of sewing skills (and other things that were so normal to our great-grandparents) is one of the sadder things about modern life.
But really, I can see the academic importance of all of these classes. University education is not just about memorizing and regurgitating facts; it is (or should be) about interacting with the world through a scholarly lens.”
“I had a fish tank in my dorm my first two years of college and in my senior year I lived off-campus with my cat. I worked my harder than most people I knew and graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Besides the fact that having pets is not frivolous or self-indulgent (unless there's something self-indulgent about setting aside time to clean a fish tank or getting up with my cat at 6 am every morning), I don't think there's a link between owning pets and education.”
“...the liberals don't want to fix the problem of unplanned pregnancies/abortions, yet the conservatives are the ones (for the most part) cutting access to birth control and thereby increasing unwanted pregnancies, leading to more children and mothers relying on government assistance. Your logic is not really working out.
The fact is, liberals generally support handing out birth control and condoms with the long-term goal of preventing unwanted pregnancies and therefore abortions and need of government assistance. Or at least, that's the position of most of the liberals I know. Many of the conservatives I know support cutting access to birth control and abortion with the short-term goal of... but I don't actually know what their goal is.”
letsbepeaceful on May 25, 2011 at 10:24:47
“Second paragraph - Exactly.
P.S. re their goal - they are very concerned that children do not learn about sex until they are ready to get married - so no sex ed in school, no access to birth control, etc.”
“I've just moved back home with a degree in English Lit and I don't really feel that lost. I made the best of my college experience; I learned how to think and how to write. I grew up and I developed my own personal philosophy that makes me happy. Yeah I'm in debt and I'll be paying for college until I'm in my 30's, but I don't feel like I failed at anything.
And anyway, the "American Dream" is and should change. For most of human history, people have lived in extended families. There is no reason why everyone in their early twenties needs their own home. There's no reason why I shouldn't take a few dead-end jobs and pay off my debt for a few years until I can afford to really live on my own. Times have changed and there's nothing about changing with them that makes a person a failure.”
“"I was hoping for it because I think heaven would be a lot better than this earth," That quote pretty much sums up these people. They'd rather die waiting for heaven than try to make life better on Earth while they are actually here.”
“I'm not taking a side on this proposed law, but I love how we always want a religious exemption in America. If you don't like a law, just claim your religious has been violated and you will almost always win.”
Foxrocks on May 19, 2011 at 08:52:06
“This shouldn't be a law period, and, as far the religious exemption goes, in this case, Judaism and Islam have been around for a while.”
“I think that the last sentence of this article makes a great point: the type of meat we find acceptable to eat is completely cultural. Why don't we eat dogs/cats/horses? Because we think of them as pets. Why do we east pigs/chickens/cows? Because we think of them as food.”
Cretius on May 19, 2011 at 12:23:01
“Totally agree! I ate horse meat that I purchased from a major chain when I lived in Holland. Strong taste but tasty.”
“I'm not in the military, but this was exactly what I was thinking when I read this article.
Traditional schools are not just about academics; they are also about learning social skills. Part of learning social skills is learning to deal with things and people you don't like. This isn't true for some homeschooled people I've known, but a lot of them seem to have trouble dealing with situations that make them uncomfortable and with teamwork (which of course entails dealing with people you don't like), more so than people who went through a traditional education.”