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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 May 29, 2014 / 29 Iyar, 5774

Death On Campus

By Bob Tyrrell



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Apropos of a 22-year-old deranged student's slaughter of his male roommates, two coeds, and another male student, as well as leaving 13 injured and in the hospital, I have been doing my research. In the courses of which, I came across this quote on the front page of Tuesday's New York Times. A second-year student in global studies at the university where the crimes were committed said in the news story's second paragraph that, "If we don't talk misogyny now, when are we going to talk about it?" She went on in the next paragraph with similar profundities.

It put me in mind of another quote from the Times on Sunday in the op-ed section by columnist Charles M. Blow. He was commenting on the owner of the Dallas Mavericks' allegedly "bigoted" remark (though it seemed perfectly sensible to me) a few days before. Blow said the remark typified "the endlessly ached-for, perpetually stalled 'national conversation on race' that many believe is needed but neglected. ..."

Now I would say that these two "conversations" about misogyny and race have been going on for at least 40 years in America. They are not really conversations. They are always dominated by the feminists and by the opportunists on racial matters. They are monologues, and if someone enters a dissenting view, say, Phyllis Schlafly for the women or Clarence Thomas for the blacks, that person is denounced as a misogynist or an Uncle Tom.

An honest far-ranging discussion of such matters as misogyny or racial relations is inconceivable in the country at this time. Take the deranged 22-year-old whose atrocities were committed in idyllic Isla Vista, California, near the campus of the University of California at Santa Barbara. In the first news reports, the issue of gun control was immediately trotted out. Though California has some of the strictest gun control laws on the books, and there are already some 300 million guns at large in the country. Mental health laws were trotted, though again California has plenty of mental health laws and mental health professionals. There does seem to have been some negligence on the part of the police, but this is debatable. Concern for an individual's privacy is forever cited by Americans on both the left and on the right.

One very large issue, however, is never discussed. Though there have been many similar outbreaks of shootings on college campuses and even at high schools, no one ever talks much about what is going on at those institutions. I would submit that far more important than increased gun control or increased regulations of mental health or even increased policing, there is a larger matter to be pondered. What is the purpose of education, and how are we handling education in America today?



College students have an abundance of rights without many obligations. They have little supervision, though the number of professors and administrators proliferates. Imagine the numbers of counselors, psychologists, even rape advisors on campus at the University of California at Santa Barbara, for instance. College students have only the vaguest idea about what their goals might be. For that matter, they have only the vaguest idea of a curriculum to follow, for instance, the aforementioned student who is immersed in "global studies." Does she have a foreign language and know the history of, well, the globe? What is she studying to become, a travel agent, an airline pilot or an agent of the Central Intelligence Agency? She is one of hundreds of thousands of college students who may graduate in four years or 40. The killer in California drove a black BMW given to him by his family. He frequented the local golf course and beaches. He took a couple of courses at the Santa Barbara City College or maybe he dropped them. No matter, he could always pick up a couple of courses next semester.

For over a generation a college campus has been, with few exceptions, a place where large numbers of young people, with very low time horizons, live in organized chaos: high-rise dormitories, perhaps off campus slums. They usually have very vague purposes to their lives that often seem positively grandiose. I say that while we indulge in our conversations about the NRA and mental health, we also take up a conversation about the purposes of these vast ghettos. It is about time that America decides what is the purpose of a university ... and, come to think of it, a high school, too.

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JWR contributor Bob Tyrrell is editor in chief of The American Spectator.

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