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 August 12, 2011 / 12 Menachem-Av, 5771

What They're Not Teaching, and What They Are

By Greg Crosby

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Remember going to school and learning the three R's? Readin' and writin' and 'rithmatic. Okay, so they weren't really three R's, but you get the idea. Welcome to the 21 Century where kids don't have to learn those useless three R's anymore, now it's the three T's - Tweeting and texting, and typing. That is if you live in Indiana.

If you haven't already heard, Indiana state officials have announced that their schools will no longer be required to teach children to write in longhand. This is being done so that the kids can focus on their typing skills instead. Educators in Indiana have found teaching cursive writing deprived children of valuable time better spent staring at a screen. It will go into effect this fall.

Cursive writing is sooo very 20th century. Actually it is so very pre-historic to today. But in the future if Indiana kids don't learn how to write in long hand, how will they be able to sign their names, you know, to marriage certificates, and other legal documents? No prob. They can hire a person from another state. If eventually this trend gets picked up by ALL the states, then people may have to hire illegals to sign for them, or they can out-source their handwriting tasks to other countries. Or maybe people of the future will just make an X or draw a smiley face if they ever have to "sign" a contract.

Just think, no more penmanship. No more swirly lettered words. ( LOL.) "I think it's progressive of our state to be ahead on this," Denna Renbarger, assistant superintendent for Lawrence Township schools, told the Indianapolis Star. "There are a lot more important things than cursive writing." And I'm guessing Ms. Renbarger's statement was verbal, not hand written.

Sure, who needs handwriting? Cursive is as out of date as talking to people face to face. It's just so uncool to communicate in person with another human being. Handwriting skills? Ha! You might as well be teaching hieroglyphics. Hell, you might as well be teaching social manners and public courtesy.

While Indiana has stopped teaching handwriting, California will begin teaching something far more significant - the importance of homosexuality, lesbianism, and the transgendered in American history. This will be taught in pubic schools all across the state. The Fair Education Act passed out of the State Senate, the State Assembly, and Jerry Brown has signed it. Voila! It is now the law.

Also known as SB 48, the bill was authored by state Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco). It will require that roles and contributions of LGBT Americans be included in school history curriculum in all history textbooks and in the classroom. This "teaching" will start as early as kindergarten, by the way.

How great is that? Now historians can begin "outing" American historical characters. Instead of teaching what people did, what they accomplished, what they invented, isn't it much more interesting to focus on their personal sexuality and what they did in their bedroom? Finally, we'll find out who of the founding fathers were really founding transsexuals. Hey, I always thought those powdered wigs they wore were a bit suspect anyway.

I'm glad we're finally going to start teaching the really important stuff in history classes since long ago we stopped teaching all those useless informational dates and events. Kids may not know why or when the American Revolution happened, but now at least they'll know what the lesbians and homosexuals were up to at that time.

The subjects of history and social studies have been neglected for a long time in our public schools. The results of that neglect have been brought to light by a recent study conducted by National Assessment of Education Progress. The pitiful results showed that only 20 percent of fourth-graders, 17 percent of eighth-graders and 12 percent of high school seniors were proficient on a nationwide test of history knowledge.

Few fourth-graders seemed to know why Abraham Lincoln was important, according to a story about the study in The New York Times. Less than a third of eighth-graders could say what advantages American soldiers had over the British during the American Revolution or why the United States entered World War I. And only 2 percent of the 12th-graders could say what social problem the 1954 Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education sought to correct (many scholars consider this the Supreme Court's most important decision in 70 years).

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R.-Tenn., a former U.S. education secretary, says the test results point to an urgent need for a renewed emphasis on history and civics instruction in public schools. "For middle school and high school students, U.S. history remains our students' worst subject and we must do better," he said. "We need to return U.S. history to its rightful place in the classroom so that our children grow up learning what it means to be an American."

True, but the way things have been going in the California legislature, our children will learn not so much what it means to be an American as much as what it means to be transgendered, lesbian, or homosexual.

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