The Strains of Education

Nearly everyone says that it’s important to hold on to youth, because those are the best years of one’s life. But nowadays, life for teens isn’t as magical as many seem to think it is.

In addition to going through the painful transition from child to adult, teenagers face common hurdles such as drugs, alcohol, sex, peer pressure, and just as important: the burdens of education.… [Read more]

The Unlikely Bully

About 77 percent of all students have experienced verbal bullying of some sort. But when asking students about bullies, has anyone ever considered looking at the least likely source: their friends?

Verbal bullying itself is a growing problem in school; the physical fighting of the past is slowly turning into the silent, stealthy, and sinister passing of words.… [Read more]

The Pathologies of Mitt Romney

Much has been written and said about this issue over the last few days, so I will be brief on the background. In some of the reporting, the implications of what Mitt Romney did almost fifty years ago have been sometimes rationalized as a “youthful indiscretion.” According to five of his former classmates, when Mr. Romney was an eighteen year old senior at Cranbrook, a prestigious prep school, he didn’t like the looks of fellow classmate John Lauber.… [Read more]