Gotta love things like this -- Women should have total freedom of choice, so long as their priorities are family second and work first (and not the workplace first -- consideration for others is also unacceptable -- but one's own salary first), and so long as they make Kelly Ripa's practically-going-into-labor-on-air choice rather than Elizabeth Vargas's choice.
What's so galling about the French is that, in the name of equality and
solidarity, they are well on their way to creating not only one of the
least vibrant economies in the industrialized world, but also one of
the least equitable.
An article that makes fun of the French while having a valid economic argument -- what more could you ask?
There are so many totally foolish people. Sororities look online to see if potential rushies have publicized actions with which the sorority would not like to be associated. A local teacher gets fired after publicizing private school details online, and gets divorced after typing out and publishing fantasies about an affair with another teacher. Those people can't get it through their heads that the internet is open and public. Education's no help -- when employers check online to see what kind of behavior prospective employees see fit to describe in public (and may well continue to describe in public once they are functioning as a representative of their company), Ivy League students describe it as an "invasion of privacy" and whine that "employers should not have access to that." Fools. Don't want people to know who you're sleeping with and how much you drank last weekend? Then don't scrawl it on walls and billboards, phone it in to the newspapers, or otherwise broadcast it to the interested public, idiot!
Microsoft Word's grammar checker is so odd. I wonder how it works -- because it sure doesn't! It is unable to realize that there are some valid uses of "it's"; furthermore, it just told me that the correct sentence should be, "it are too difficult for me." Meh. Maybe I'm just grouchy.
Stories like this one (via the Professor), on the dismal state of American education, make me sick. I'm doing my best to combat its effects -- having students read real newspaper articles and explain them, encouraging them to look at the bigger picture, trying to cultivate practical, real-world skills... but it's difficult (especially when the parents, however well-intentioned, themselves lack the education to back it up, or when you have to spend half your time undoing the misdeeds of previous teachers). Here's to work!