In recent years, the focus on technology in our society has led to new priorities in education, culminating in a focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, widely known by the acronym “STEM.” STEM is well-intentioned in that the goal is to prepare children for lucrative careers in the twenty-first century. There is a negative side to this agenda if the study of the classics is neglected. While many may view a program of education based on the study of great literature, philosophy and music of the past as irrelevant, even passé, there are some positive elements to be embraced by supplementing the STEM emphasis with the arts, especially the classics.
In the era prior to the cognitive revolution, fossil records suggest that humankind occupied a lower rung on the food chain. The incisor marks of apex carnivores on hominid skulls suggest that the human young were especially susceptible to predation.
Sometimes, it feels like waking up is the hardest thing to do. Trying to force yourself out of a comfy bed and wiping away the sleep from your eyes can be painful, but necessary to start your day. The same can be said to make a change in the world. You need to wake up, get out of your comfort zone and wipe away the clouds from your eyes.
Kudos to Prince George’s County Del. Jay Walker for reintroducing his long-sought “Student Health and Fitness Act,” (HB 393) which would mandate a minimum of 90 minutes of physical education each week during school hours and 60 minutes of recess in elementary school.
Turns out the President of the United States may not be a misogynist after all. He’s a misanthrope.
Well-informed voters remain the most critical component for maintaining a vibrant democracy. As former United States President John F. Kennedy so cogently observed, “The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.”
America is open for business. How refreshing. The United States of America, according to the President of the United States is one giant Walmart ready to do business with the world.
Have we, as a nation, forgotten the spirit of the poem by Emma Lazarus that adorns our beloved Statue of Liberty? This country has a history rich in human migration that has proved to be a crucial part of our social tapestry. Our culture is enriched by diversity.