Category Archives: Education

Killer Gym Mats in History

In 1971, prisoners at the Old Idaho Penitentiary were angry about such conditions as overcrowding, and dead rats in the water pipes. They burned down the prison bakery and the Social Services building, which used to be the hospital. Three … Continue reading

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Kendrick Johnson – Plenty of Blame to Go Around

A lot of people are upset because a college revoked the athletic scholarship it had offered to a high school student. But was it lost? The news says “pending a federal investigation.” Pending carries the meaning of awaiting, or until. … Continue reading

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Kendrick Johnson – a Mat Rant

New rule: This Kendrick Johnson stuff isn’t going to be polished. This can’t be my #1 project right now. But I can’t stay away from it. So here’s how it’s gonna be. No attempt to perform journalistically. This post assumes … Continue reading

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Church and Public School

(Originally published by Earthblog.net with the title “Bootleg Bibles Passed Around the Playground?” Jan 10, 2006) Evolution, versus intelligent design or whatever they’re calling the God theory these days: why is this such a huge issue? It’s not as if … Continue reading

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Why I Said No To Earthblog and Ended Up Saying Yes Anyway

(Originally published by the late lamented Earthblog.net, Dec. 17, 2005)   I don’t know if I’m the person you want for Earthblog. Believe it, I vastly appreciate the opportunity to do something that pays, but this may not be it. … Continue reading

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Fire the Editor

The novel: Another Thing to Fall The author: Laura Lippman – who who sells a lot of books. (Way more than me, for sure. That’s not the point here. The point is, to strike a blow for literacy and so … Continue reading

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The Lapin Story

In college I’d been real interested in the whole question of how kids learn things. My daughter was 3 or 4, and had been diagnosed as almost totally deaf. I wanted to get an idea of how her reasoning skills … Continue reading

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