Let me just say this up front. I have no love of BP. I am not an apologist for the energy industry or for the environmental havoc wreaked in the ocean. Any negative consequence that comes to a company that creates such devastation is deserved. But, in a very real way, it is not BP’s fault. It is [...]
About Jodie Leidecker
Recent reports about happiness show that mothering is not very satisfying, ranking under napping and jogging and just above dishwashing. Unsurprisingly, another study suggests that single, divorced, and widowed middle-aged mothers are some of the loneliest and most vulnerable women. In fact, some groups call motherhood the single biggest risk factor for poverty in old age.
Today’s news stories are reporting that the EPA will now limit the dumping of coal mining waste into streams and valleys. This is a major step toward protecting environmental and human health, but the coal companies worry that it could end coal mining.
Apparently we are in a race. Those appointed to represent us in it: our kids. I mean, the elementary school ones. That’s what I found out when I called members of my state’s House and Senate Education Committees about children needing daily recess. I heard things like “For every engineer we produce, India is producing [...]
As libraries suffer from cutbacks, I contemplate my status as the greatest patron in the county.
A Path in the Woods Beckons Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. ~John Muir, Father of the Conservation Movement and [...]
When it comes to educating our children, we seem to be focused on one thing. How can we get all the information in them that we think they need to know? I wonder if the question has ever been reversed. How much can a child actually learn in a day (or grading period or year)? [...]
Education isn’t any end goal, a degree, a job, a pot of money at the rainbow’s end. Education doesn’t end. That is what I find disturbing about the federal government’s latest effort at education reform. Race to the Top, that is. For one thing, race implies a competition, as though there is only so much education out there and you better run out and start fighting for yours, while also indicating, conversely, that everyone can be on top.