Family (page 18)

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    It’s the holiday season, when media pretend to care about people’s budgets again

    Sometimes I wonder how it is that media can write about consumer needs while acting as if they are on a completely different planet from politics. Take today’s story on “Americans not willing to spend without deals,” for example. Despite signs that the economy is improving, big store…
    Jon Sanders, November 25, 2013
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    TIME’s Stein sees a bad sign for America’s future

    Joel Stein, TIME magazine’s in-house humorist, isn’t focusing his attention this week on Middle East conflagrations, the sagging economy, on partisan battles in Washington. Still, Stein has identified a trend that bodes ill for America’s future. One-third fewer kids are getting driver’s licenses than…
    Mitch Kokai, September 16, 2013
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    The politics of family life

    Joel Kotkin laments in a New Geography article that political partisanship has infected discussions of the family’s critical role. In this bizarrely politicized environment, even the preservation of the most basic institution of society – the family – is morphing into a divisive partisan…
    Mitch Kokai, September 11, 2013
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online that reclassifying some crimes to low-level misdemeanors or infractions could save the state $2 million a year. Donna Martinez’s Daily Journal laments government nannies’ efforts to bypass parental responsibility.
    Mitch Kokai, September 10, 2013
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    Private School = Bad Person?

    This morning, I saw a tweet with a link to an article on Slate and a comment that it should have been published by The Onion.  That got me, so I clicked through and found this: “If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You Are a Bad Person.”…
    Julie Tisdale, August 29, 2013
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    The importance of monitoring children’s books

    Those of you who follow N.C. Education Alliance Fellow Kristen Blair‘s frequent contributions to Carolina Journal are likely to appreciate the latest issue of Hillsdale College’s Imprimis, in which Wall Street Journal children’s book reviewer Meghan Cox Gurdon discusses disturbing trends in the subject matter of…
    Mitch Kokai, August 26, 2013
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    The success story of a modern-day N.C. orphanage

    Retired University of California-Irvine economist Richard McKenzie, a Raleigh native who grew up in a North Carolina orphanage, has spent nearly two decades dispelling myths about orphanages. His latest effort is a book titled Miracle Mountain that tells the story of western North Carolina’s Crossnore School. McKenzie shared themes from…
    Mitch Kokai, July 8, 2013