Today’s theme is quality time:
- A high school teacher in Alexandria writes a moving, yet troubling, article in Sunday’s Washington Post, exploring why his students are about to graduate without an education (hint: it’s missing fathers and busy mothers). The immutable, bracing tragedy of it all comes flying at you from the first sentence. How is THIS not a national crisis worthy of a national debate? One reason — the side on which the truth lies is out of bounds for polite discussion.
- One provocative opinion on why we spend less time with our kids these days comes from And Now You Know: it’s taxes. I’m still thinking about how much I agree with the post — could we instead be working for lifestyle more than taxes? are our kids merely entertaining themselves in more solitary ways? — but the fact that I’ve thought about it for a good day or two means it’s worth a look.
- Harkening back to yesterday’s post (a record day at the Letters, by the way – thanks to all who stopped by), Power Line tells us that President Obama has turned down Germany’s invitation to join its celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall. I’m surprised – I thought the guy was all about striking Reaganesque and Kennedyesque poses. This Administration is willing to make a trip across the Atlantic for four and half hours of wooing Olympic officials but unwilling to party with a key ally as it remembers the epic moment of its national reunion. Apparently all Obama wanted out of Berlin was its votes?