"The new standards won’t revolutionize education. It’s not enough to set goals; you have to figure out how to meet them. But they are a step forward. Yet now states from New York to Oklahoma are thinking of rolling them back. This has less to do with substance and more to do with talk-radio bombast and interest group resistance to change. The circus has come to town."
"At another level, futurology implies that we are unhappy in the present. Perhaps this is because the constant, enervating downpour of gadgets and the devices of the marketeers tell us that something better lies just around the next corner and, in our weakness, we believe. Or perhaps it was ever thus. In 1752, Dr Johnson mused that our obsession with the future may be an inevitable adjunct of the human mind. Like our attachment to the past, it is an expression of our inborn inability to live in – and be grateful for – the present."
"1 Birmingham-Hoover, AL 0.424 6
2 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 0.419 7
3 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA 0.406 8
4 Columbus, OH 0.403 9"
"Father James Bacik was there — our city’s premier theologian and Catholic pastor. Baldemar Velasquez was there — the world’s leading spokesman for migrant workers."
"Columbus Zoo Director Emeritus Jack Hanna, the most recognizable advocate of Issue 6, does not live in Franklin County and would not be subjected to the tax hike he is promoting."
"CONS You have to go to a place
Chance of developing autism 100 percent
Puts the onus of character-building entirely on sports
Without suffering through diphtheria, the flu, and measles, American children will become effete, pampered do-nothings
Free lollipops promote unhealthy eating habits
Child won’t get to be kindergarten’s Typhoid Mary
Bullies parents into slavishly following actions recommended by decades of physicians’ peer-reviewed research that establishes an irrefutable scientific consensus"