So much of school seems to consist of teaching kids to listen for hours on end. Instructing them in the art of large group compliance. Training them to relent. Kids should be relentless--not behaviorally modified to relent, to give ground, to concede and cave.
The Philippines hasn't recovered from its official mourning period for former President Corazon Aquino, but there's already pressure on her son, Sen. Benigno 'Noy Noy' Aquino III, to run for president.
Since Saturday, when Corazon Aquino died, my neighborhood in Manila has been awash with yellow ribbons and banners. At my local 7/11, I asked about the yellow ribbons tied to the door, and the cashier burst into tears.