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    American students can’t write

    One of the most egregious failings of the government schooling system (and probably a lot of non-government schools) is that students are not taught how to write, as this fine USA Today articlemakes clear. Instead of graduating from high school with reasonably good writing skills, most students now graduate…
    Locker Room contributor, December 1, 2004
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    We’re Number Five!

    Where’s the press release, governor? Oh, that’s right, the subject yesterday was teacher certification, not business climate. Economic development rankings are so last year. Sorry!…
    Locker Room contributor, December 1, 2004
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    More on the Dutch

    Ron Dreher posted this on National Review‘s blog, The Corner, yesterday: For me, the news that the Dutch are euthanizing babies brings back one of the most unsettling mornings of my life. It is 1990, and I am riding in the car through the tranquil, pastoral pastures of rural…
    Locker Room contributor, December 1, 2004
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    Mr. President!

    The Washington Post today offers a peak at how many White House correspondents maneuver, and formulate questions, in their attempts to elicit interesting comments from President Bush. It doesn’t come off to me as an insight into the mainstream media’s bias, although comments from CBS’s John Roberts might be…
    Locker Room contributor, December 1, 2004
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    Satire of school antipathy to prayer deemed (naturally) a prayer

    From Athens, Ga.: The principal of Cedar Shoals High School apologized Monday for reading a poem called “The New School Prayer” over the school’s intercom, which brought complaints from some parents who said it violated the principle of separation of church and state. Tommy Craft said he wanted…
    Locker Room contributor, November 30, 2004
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    This chap shreds the “voter IQ” hoax

    Salute to the very diligent Steve Sailer, and hat tip to John Derbyshire, who predicts “I guarantee that 20 years from now you’ll *still* be hearing how ‘it’s been proved’ that Democrats are smarter than Republicans.”…
    Locker Room contributor, November 30, 2004
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    Booms, Busts, and Babies’ Health

    That’s the interesting title of an article from The Quarterly Journal of Economics which is cited by the Howard Center for Family, Religion, and Society and linked on townhall.com today. The authors compared data from the Centers for Disease Control and the Bureau of Labor Statistics and made…
    Locker Room contributor, November 30, 2004
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    Eat more carbs, kids, it’s for your own good

    The Los Angeles Daily News reports today that the school district’s junk food ban is costing some campuses — individual schools, mind you — $1000 a week or more in lost revenue. The Anti-Obesity Crusade could get ugly when it meets the Budget Monster: San Fernando Valley schools…
    Locker Room contributor, November 30, 2004