In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review July 27, 2011 / 25 Tamuz, 5771

Only in California? Don't bet on it

By Marybeth Hicks

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I recently heard the first radio ad of the season for school supplies, so it won't be long before the bell rings and America's children file back into the classroom for another year.

Perfect timing for a pop quiz. Everyone grab a No. 2 lead pencil and join in.

Question 1: At the end of the past school year, an elementary school in Oakland, Calif., took some heat from parents for telling their students there are more than two: A) ways to skin a cat; B) political parties in America; C) sides to every argument; D) genders.

The answer is D, of course.

At Redwood Heights Elementary School, the gender-bending "Gender Spectrum and Diversity Training" program - lasting two days - included the notion that there are "different ways to be boys and different ways to be girls," according to a report by the Culture and Media Institute. The public school used a $1,500 grant from the California Teachers Association to fund the program, which also featured a visit from single-sex Hawaiian geckos and transgender clown fish.

Must be the kids in Oakland are already so well-versed in the core curriculum that they have time on their hands to consider the New Age issue of sexual identity, that being, "With which gender do I identify today?"

Really, if you don't know by now that gender identity is "fluid" and can change throughout the life cycle, you're clearly not paying attention.

Let's move on to the next question and come back to this issue later.

Question 2: According to a report by the Civic Engagement Research Group (CERG) at Mills College, Calif., students' knowledge of civics can be described as: A) comparable to that of John Adams; B) comparable to that of Speaker of the House John A. Boehner; C) comparable to that of Killer Clown John Wayne Gacy; D) comparable to that of a potted plant.

The answer is D, potted plant.

OK, that's not exactly what CERG's California Survey of Civic Education said, but here's what it did say: "v verall students only averaged a little over 60 percent correct on the commonly used survey items designed to test civics content knowledge, a low 'D' on most grading scales. While these results are consistent with national assessments, they are especially disturbing considering that the 12th graders surveyed had taken a course in U.S. government during their senior year."

California - and the nation - has a big problem when it comes to the civics education of our children. What little they learn through the social studies curriculum amounts to a watered-down version of "democracy" (small d), and certainly not an understanding of the sophisticated and complex constitutional republic that is our form of government.

But just in time for the new school year, Gov. Jerry Brown and the California Legislature are beefing up their social studies standards. Earlier this month, the governor signed into law "gay curriculum standards" that will require the Golden State's children not only to learn about "gay history" in America, but will also seek to identify the sexual orientation of historical figures and highlight those who are gay, lesbian, transgendered or bisexual.

The new standards are meant to indoctrinate California's children on the issue of homosexuality, and portray those who don't accept the normalcy of such behavior as bigoted (that would be you, Christians, Orthodox Jews and Muslims).

As for the question of how an LGBT curriculum will improve the already dismal civic education of California's children, the answer is pathetically obvious. It won't.

Now, the last question on our pop quiz: How long will it be before the California social studies standards on LGBT figures in history sweeps the nation and becomes the law of the land?

The answer is A - A New York minute.

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JWR contributor Marybeth Hicks, a wife of more than 20 years and mother of four children, lives in the Midwest. She uses her column to share her perspective on issues and experiences that shape families nationwide. To comment, please click here.


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