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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 30, 2013/ 23 Menachem-Av, 5773

Disciplining students requires perspective

By Dan K. Thomasson




JewishWorldReview.com | The lazy days of summer offer the nation's youngsters and their parents a break from school schedules. Summer also offers a cooling-off period for zero tolerance, a disciplinary approach by school administrators who are so gun shy (if you will excuse the expression) that they magnify every incident, no matter how innocent, into a major threat. Lack of judgment in these cases is monumental.

Consider the 5-year-old in Calvert County, Md. His kindergarten pal proudly showed him a water gun in May while they were riding to school on the bus. The next day, not to be outdone, the little boy brought an orange-tipped cap pistol in his backpack to show the squirt gun's owner. No one could mistake this toy as anything but that.

After the cap gun was discovered, the tyke was questioned for two hours before his unsuspecting mother was called; this clearly inordinate amount of time infuriated her. The upshot: The child was suspended for 10 days and the incident noted on his school record. His mother, quoted in the local press, pretty much summed up what any qualified tutor of children would surmise immediately. She said her son was "all bugs and frogs and cowboys."

She said she had no quarrel with the school demonstrating in some way that actions have consequences. But she reasonably questioned the severity of the penalty and demanded to know why she wasn't called immediately. If I may add to that: This was a little child, for crying out loud.

But guess what? Common sense finally prevailed. A county school official who obviously understands more about kids than some of his subordinates overturned the situation and had the incident expunged from the boy's record.


This is just another incident on an increasingly long list of remarkably ridiculous overreactions by public school officials. It ranks right up there with two other cases from this academic year: a young boy who was severely disciplined for chewing his breakfast pastry into the shape of a pistol and playfully pointing it at another youngster, and a 5-year-old who was suspended for just talking about shooting a gun that blows soap bubbles. In 2009, an elementary school youngster was expelled when he realized he had a Boy Scout knife in his backpack after a camping trip. He turned it in immediately but received no credit for being a good citizen.

The irony, of course, is that on the one hand little is done to control the distribution of lethal firearms. Gun violations frequently are treated as misdemeanors, if they prompt any charges at all. On the other hand, when it comes to little kids, we now treat their play with toy weapons -- once considered an integral part of growing up -- as serious violations that merit the severest penalties. Every boy I knew in school carried a pocket knife beginning in the third grade. At the end of every school term, teachers' desk drawers used to be stuffed with confiscated things, most of them utterly harmless.

The utter lack of tolerance for the trappings of childhood is a relatively recent phenomenon, dating from the 1999 Columbine High School massacre and including last December's Sandy Hook massacre, among others. School security is a concern, and teachers and administrators should be aware of the dangers, but finding an aspirin or a plastic squirt gun in a child's possession is hardly a capital crime.

Missing here is a stern word to the child or an after-school detention. I realize complications arise when both parents work outside the home or when a child lives far from school and can't miss a bus.

But there are other means of disciplining a child. Apparently, schools no longer have blackboards on which to write a hundred times: "I won't do it again."

I once told an elementary school administrator that I only wanted to be notified of the serious infractions -- if one of my children was disrespectful, deliberately hurt someone, took something he shouldn't, broke something or cheated, let me or his mother know. Otherwise, use your best judgment.

Perspective is so very important in everything -- especially when overseeing youngsters.

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07/23/13: Not quite your great-great-grandfather's log cabin

07/12/13: Courting diversity in college enrollment

06/24/13: Post-arrest DNA collection is justified

06/18/13: Tax reform may have effective Dynamic Duo

06/14/13: Stop outsourcing government secrets

06/10/13: IRS couldn't survive one of its own audits

05/31/13: Higher ed gaining more support from states

05/24/13: Does Obama have Plausible Deniability?

05/20/13: Google Glass is progress at a cost

03/25/13: NCAA's March Madness still scores points

02/27/13: School safety radicals make things considerably worse

02/21/13: Wrestling needs a firm hold on Olympics

02/18/13: Obama may be able to do little about gun violence

12/17/12: When is a majority not a majority?

12/12/12: Government snooping's historical precedent

11/13/12: Petraeus learns a lesson the hard way

10/26/12: High court must settle affirmative action

10/16/12: Report confirms SATs flawed indicator

08/20/12: All the news fit to tweet?

07/27/12: Economic disillusionment marks young voters' views

07/20/12: Will Postal Service follow Pony Express route?

07/13/12: Paterno's statue should be covered up

07/10/12: 8.2 jobless rate endangers Obama's job

07/03/12: It's still the economy, stupid

06/19/12: Mitt Romney's chances look better

06/08/12: Pakistan not an ally worthy of the name

06/05/12: Americans have a right to be bloated

06/01/12: Quota system would dilute school's quality

05/27/12: Even now, Memorial Day means summer camp

05/18/12: Is there a public right to know too much?

05/09/12: American exceptionalism --- exceptional generosity

05/04/12: The Edwards trial is a sorry affair

05/02/12: Common sense needs to be taught . . . to school administrators

04/30/12: We must deal with college student debt rate

04/10/12: At least Ryan has a deficit-cutting plan

04/05/12: Celebrate one-year rent-a-teams?

03/12/12: A kinder, gentler day when fists settled disputes

03/05/12: Do conservatives want a victory or a statement?

02/27/12: Hillary vs. Jeb?

02/17/12: Why wait for the until GOP nominating convention?

02/17/12: Prez is not a god, just a cause of O.G. D.: Obama Governmental Dysfunction

02/13/12: Minor tardiness doesn't warrant court action

02/08/12: College rankings aren't always reliable

02/01/12: Millionaire Fans Watching Millionaire Players

01/30/12: Kiriakou case may plug leaks, stifle democracy

01/09/12: Feds need to find if Brit hackers targeted 9/11 families

12/23/11: NIH flu-strain decision endangers us all

12/09/11: U.S. Postal Service may be beyond saving

11/30/11: Do-gooder gets deserved earful

11/24/11: Lawmakers should pledge to think on their own

11/22/11: Iowa: Vital to GOP now, irrelevant later

11/16/11: Pentagon's ‘senior mentor’ service takes hit

11/14/11: With Congress, expect more intransigence

11/08/11: Paterno's illustrious career faces tarnished end

10/31/11: The FBI is burned by its Boston informants

10/18//11: President Inexperienced again picked style and enthusiasm over caution. He must pay

10/10/11: Prosecutors routinely abuse plea bargaining

10/04/11: In Christie,shades of William Howard Taft

09/27/11: One word for Obama's prospects --- ‘bleak’

09/26/11: Obama quickly running out of time

09/23/11: Big-time college football is now all about the money

09/22/11: A trip to the dentist cleans out your wallet

09/06/11: College rankings a useless exercise

08/31/11: Thankful a mother isn't alive to see this hungry mess

08/30/11: ‘Supercommittee’ should meet in secret

08/22/11: Is college still worth it? Some majors are

08/15/11: Pray for miracle from debt committee

08/09/11: S&P mixes credit ratings with politics

08/08/11: Politics again takes precedence over common sense

08/04/11: In modern society, a distinct pattern of senselessness

07/29/11: A debt solution: Throw the rascals out, all of them

07/21/11: Campaign finance reform --- you're kidding, right!?

07/08/11: Casey Anthony jury did its job

07/05/11: Nailing a prominent figure or institution should come at a heavy risk — and an even greater price if proven a hoax





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