Resilience, a crucial emotional attribute for a happy and successful life, is in decline across college campuses and workplaces. The head of counseling at one major university recently observed “a decrease in the ability of many young people to manage the everyday bumps in the road of life.” In a memo, which was shared by … Continue reading Learning How to Not Be a Snowflake
Recently, my wife and I went through one of the more excruciating experiences of our lives – the euthanasia of our beloved dog, Murphy. I remember making eye contact with Murphy moments before she took her last breath – she flashed me a look that was an endearing blend of confusion and the reassurance that … Continue reading Why losing a dog can be harder than losing a relative or friend
Day after day, we’re bombarded with so many media messages that rarely do we stop to think about what they’re telling us to think, do or feel. Much has been written about the unrealistic beauty standards women have been held to. Female actresses, models and TV personalities are overwhelmingly thin, which has had a detrimental … Continue reading This ideal female body type is getting even harder to attain
Mark Twain (1835-1910) is arguably the most celebrated humorist and writer in American history. Born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Hannibal, Missouri, Twain built a literary reputation unrivaled in his day. On one hand, he wrote Huck Finn, a literary masterpiece widely considered the greatest novel ever written by an American. On the other hand, … Continue reading 15 of Mark Twain’s Sassiest Witticisms
For a number of years, it was assumed that public education was swimming along, efficiently educating children of all ages. More recently, the products coming out of public schools have caused a troubling concern to leap into the minds of adults: are schools dumbing down the content they teach to students? That concern seems to … Continue reading Professors: College students are ‘almost illiterate’
When it comes to texting, the period, full stop, point – whatever you call it – has been getting a lot of attention. People have begun noticing slight changes to the way our smallest punctuation mark is deployed, from declarations that it’s going out of style to claims that it’s becoming angry. What they’re actually … Continue reading Is Good Grammar in Text Messages Making You Look Like a Jerk?
Academics around the country are embracing the relatively new trend of using trigger warnings to shield students from ideas that might be discomforting or trauma-inducing. These ideas often include topics that touch on “racism, classism, sexism, heterosexism, cissexism, ableism, and other issues of privilege and oppression." Though there is some debate surrounding how widespread the … Continue reading This professor is pushing back on trigger warnings, safe spaces