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 April 24, 2014 / 24 Nissan, 5774

Save the Fulbrights

By Paul Greenberg

JewishWorldReview.com | With its talent for doing just the wrong thing, or at least avoiding the right one, the U.S. State Department has decided to follow the latest trend in American higher education -- over the nearest cliff. This time it's the prevalent tendency to substitute quantity for quality, to focus on the number of students that can be enrolled in a program rather than what they may learn or how long they stick with it. It's enrollment that counts, not education.

Here's the latest brainstorm out of Foggy Bottom: Increase the number of Fulbright Fellowships awarded every year for international study by cutting the time each scholar spends in a foreign country. That is, hack it to pieces.

The worst part of this news isn't that the budget for this effective and respected international exchange program is to be cut -- by 13 percent -- but how: by shortening the duration of the Fulbright Fellowships so more and more of the recipients will have less and less time to study abroad. The change would seem to sum up today's approach to higher education, which keeps getting lower and lower.

Who says a student might need up to a year to absorb the language and culture of a foreign country, and explain ours to foreigners? Efficiency über alles! This latest idea out of State is the educational equivalent of Speed Reading, which used to be a fad, too. The formerly funny Woody Allen had one of his characters sum up how that wondrous new approach to reading worked (or didn't) by saying, "I've just read 'War and Peace.' It's about Russia."

Why shouldn't the same superficial approach be just as effective when applied to study abroad? Call it the equivalent of one of those hurly-burly trips offered by travel agencies that ought to be called Vacations in a Minute. ("Seven countries in eight days!")

After the State Department is through with the Fulbright program, it should be disimproved beyond recognition. American diplomacy has a long and well-established reputation for presiding over a devastation and calling it success. Just look around at its works from Benghazi to points east -- the usual muddle in the Middle East, Iran's coming Bomb, and an ever Greater Russia. Now the Fulbright Program is to get the same treatment, a mix of indifference and more active forms of malice.

The bureaucrats at State now have opened a new front in their war on quality and coherence in American foreign policy. Doubtless it can count on strong support, or at least slick rationalizations, from our current president. For not since Jimmy Carter has the country had a chief executive so accustomed to presiding over disasters -- and aggravating them.

This latest assault on quality, this time in higher education, may not prove as significant a failure as some of the administration's other Signature Accomplishments, whether in the country's health care or its economy. But this proposed reform of the Fulbright program, the effect of which would be to deform it, is of particular interest here in Arkansas.

Why's that? Because it bears the name of the prominent senator from Arkansas who designed it as a twin of the Marshall Plan. And it was just as effective in its way. It helped stave off communist ideology around the world by offering real education instead, just as the Marshall Plan would make European economies strong enough to resist that era's Tide of the (totalitarian) Future. Both worked well, thanks to the determination of a president like Harry Truman and a strategic thinker like George Kennan at State -- long before he became just another angry old white man.

Back then, even J. William Fulbright was an internationalist. It was only when the freedom of non-Europeans was at stake (like the Vietnamese) that Sen. Fulbright let his racial preferences show, as he did in his stand on civil rights, or rather against them.

In the end, Sen. Fulbright would have no more sympathy for the oppressed here at home than he did for the captive nations of Eastern Europe, whom he always did consider a bother. Much as this president seems to regard Russian aggression in Crimea and the rest of Ukraine as just an impediment to his grand Reset of Russo-American relations. (Reset is the latest term of art for what used to be called Détente in Henry Kissinger's time and, before that, appeasement in Neville Chamberlain's. The euphemisms change, but not the disastrous results.)

Yes, these Fulbright fellowships once produced leading American writers of diverse talent and inclinations (from Steinbeck to Updike) and leading American thinkers and artists (think Milton Friedman and Aaron Copland), but the important thing today is to get more bodies through the revolving door that the program is now to become.

What's so important about investing so much time in studying a foreign language and culture, anyway? Christopher Kelley addressed that question the other day. He was a Fulbright Fellow in Ukraine and Moldova who's now an associate professor at the University of Arkansas' law school on its Fayetteville campus. To quote his capsule summation of why the State Department shouldn't be hacking away at the program: "It takes time to learn how to be an ambassador in another country. You can't just parachute in, look around and parachute out."

Can the Fulbrights -- the original, real fellowships -- be saved from the State Department's disimprovements at this late point? Yes, if all of us, in Arkansas and far beyond, speak out in support of what the program used to be, and should remain.

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Paul Greenberg is the Pulitzer prize-winning editorial page editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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