My husband and I are huge fans of shows like The Big Bang Theory and Scorpion, so it’s no shock we’d enjoy the new spinoff Young Sheldon that premiered this fall on CBS (to return in November after football season). It’s refreshing to see gifted minds featured in fictional scenarios, whether for laughs or dramatic adventures, because we can relate to them. We were the nerds in school and we’re the geeks now, always intrigued by how new knowledge shapes the way we see and work in the world around us. Note, I say “we” because “nerd” and “geek” are
Public schools fail gifted students because the education profession is composed of mediocre minds. (That was my opinion as a public school student, and it remained my opinion when I was a professor, and occasionally had Education majors in class.)
My Mensa club (which I very seldom attend) is filled with plumbers and brick layers....electricians and Ex-Cons. Most had the same experience in school. "Teachers" resent hard questions and get ugly in the presence of truly gifted students. Even worse for young, poor, conservative, males (like myself) who were (are) very interested in politics. The system weeds out gifted conservatives and they are brutal about it.
#2 nails it. As a bright student, I found a fabulous 3rd grade teacher who helped me control my boredom by sending me to do book reports in the library after I had completed my class work early, kept me out of trouble and engaged. A truly demented 5th grade teacher was a good negative example. By the 7th grade (thank you Sister Domina) I was learning to better channel my leftover time in class, and I had several great HS teachers who pushed me to do well. I have tutored HS and Junior College students in the last few years and am not impressed with their teachers, and our suburban KS schools near KC are rated some of the top in the nation. I´d hate to see the results of the poor schools, because the kids I have tutored haven´t been taught by skilled teachers.
Bright kids cause problems, and are effectively punished for being bright much of the time by mediocre or worse teachers.
STARKE — Patrick Charles Hannon helped execute two Tampa men 26 years ago. He slashed one man’s throat and shot another man six times in the chest in 1991. The state of Florida executed him for those crimes on Wednesday night. Hannon was pronounced dead at 8:50 p.m. He was 53. He is the only one of three men who took part in the Jan. 10, 1991 murders of Brandon Snider, 27, and Robert Carter, 28, to receive the death penalty. James Acker, also now 53, is serving a life sentence plus 22 years at Cross City Correctional Institution in Dixie County. Ronald Richardson
You dive into the personal dynamics and politics of Fleetwood Mac at your own risk. Certainly, you are advised against it before hopping on the phone with Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie, the singer-songwriters who were — all due respect to Queen Stevie Nicks and the founding rhythm section of Mick Fleetwood and John McVie — the primary architects of the classic Mac sound. Keep the focus on the new album and tour, you are urged by a publicist. Not on the old days. Which is, of course, much easier said than done. Forty years after their all-time breakup album Rumours, the mythology
As comic book fans all know, every superhero -- or supervillain -- has an origin story, the moment the protagonist sets himself apart from the common run of humanity to pursue a larger destiny. It should be no surprise that historical events have origin stories too, the moment when their core ideas are born and take their first uncertain root. Brexit for example, according to an Oxford newspaper, may have started at the Queen’s Lane Coffee House in 1990 in discussions among radical Tory students. Daniel Hannan, who recalls the moment, recalls that like most student endeavors, the idea of leaving
About six hours ago, USA Today put out one of the dumbest tweets of all time. It is provoking considerable hilarity online, which you can catch up on at Twitchy. First, a word of explanation. The inability of liberal media outlets to write intelligently about guns is notorious. Liberal reporters and editors have strong opinions about firearms, but few if any of them know anything about either guns or firearms laws. Observers have generally assumed that this USA Today tweet is an extreme example of that media ignorance. The tweet purports to explain what Devin Kelley’s AR-15 looked like, and how
WASHINGTON -- Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) argued today that repealing rules prohibiting nonprofit organizations, including religious institutions, from engaging in political activity "would pit neighbor against neighbor, worshipper against worshipper, and volunteer against volunteer." "It will literally wreak havoc on the last pillars of civility in our country," Lewis said during a House Ways and Means Committee mark-up of the Republican tax reform bill. The Johnson Amendment, a tax code provision dating back to 1954, states that 501(c)(3) exempt organizations do "not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in
NEW PORT RICHEY — On Wednesday, Roy Halladay’s ultralight, private plane could still be seen bobbing in the shallow waters off Ben Pilot Point in New Port Richey where it crashed the day before, killing the former All-Star pitcher. The National Transportation Safety Board began its investigation of the crash Wednesday morning by collecting pieces of the ICON A5 that broke away during the crash. Stuck among mangroves in about 4 feet of water, the plane was recovered mostly intact this afternoon, NTSB spokesperson Terry Williams said at a news conference. Williams asked for witnesses who may have photos or video of
Erica Komisar describes herself as a political liberal. But, when it came to getting her book Being There: Why Prioritizing Motherhood in the First Three Years Matters published, let alone publicized, she was roundly rejected by liberal media outlets. Why? Because the social worker and psychoanalyst chose to stand with fact instead of political fiction in the ongoing mommy wars. (Snip) Ms. Komisar spent three decades working directly with children and parents in New York City. During that time she noticed a disturbing uptick in ADHD among boys and depression among girls. These patients often had one thing in common:
Legendary journalist and author Gay Talese said he feels "sad" for actor Kevin Spacey, who has been accused by multiple men of sexual harassment and assault, Vanity Fair reports. Talese made the comments Monday at the Library Lions Gala, a fundraising event for the New York Public Library. At the event, Vanity Fair asked Talese which celebrity he´d like to write a profile of, and the journalist answered with Spacey´s name. “I feel so sad, and I hate that actor that ruined this guy’s career,” Talese said. “So, OK, it happened 10 years ago ... Jesus, suck it up once in a
WASHINGTON -- The lawyer for Sen. Rand Paul´s (R-Ky.) next-door neighbor said the altercation that left the lawmaker with multiple injuries was not political in nature, while other neighbors indicated there may have been a dispute over landscaping or property boundaries. Paul was mowing his lawn in Bowling Green, Ky., over the weekend when he was tackled by anesthesiologist Rene Albert Boucher in what Kentucky State troopers called an intentional assault. In addition to facing local assault charges, assaulting a member of Congress is a federal offense and Capitol Police are involved in the investigation. The senator´s office said he suffered five
Liberal Jews aren´t funny, not, at least, to Jews who know the jokes in their original form. I´ve never been able to watch more than thirty seconds of Seinfeld or Larry David, who put both feet in his mouth with this revolting bit of Saturday Night Live monologue: “I’ve often wondered that if I grew up in Poland when Hitler came to power and I was sent to a concentration camp, would I still be checking out women? I think I would - ‘Hey, Shlomo, did you see that one by Barracks Eight? I’ve had my eye on her for weeks.
We have heard incessantly since the last election that the Russians waged war on us with their interference. No one has proclaimed this theme more vociferously than Democratic officials and officeholders. Perhaps the most notable attack in the conventional narrative is the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s email. It figures prominently in the intelligence community report on Russian interference, which itself reads like hack work to support a narrative. Yet American authorities themselves do not appear to have examined the DNC servers. The DNC kept the investigation of the intrusion under its own carefully managed control. In his testimony on
As long as there has been politics, there has been corruption. So the investigative hand-grenades which have been flying for the past year, first at the Trump campaign, now at Mrs. Clinton’s, are not exactly new in American political life. What is new, however, is the geography. Corruption used to be something American politicians did with other Americans. Now, it’s become something that involves other countries, and one in particular—Russia—which can’t be accused of friendly intentions toward the United States. Curiously, at the beginning of the nation, Americans were confident that political corruption would never happen in their republic. Corruption was
UPDATE 2:14 p.m.: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called on the party´s nominee for Senate in Alabama, Roy Moore, to withdraw from the race if a new report that he pursued teenage girls in his 30´s is true. "If these allegations are true, he must step aside." The Washington Post published the story about Moore on Thursday. ORIGINAL STORY: Republican senators reacted with alarm to a published report that Roy Moore, the Republican Senate nominee in Alabama, initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when Moore was 32, the Washington Post reported on Thursday. “It’s a nasty story,
A day before Donald Trump arrived in Beijing for crucial talks, China arrested 3 prominent African-American athletes. It would be awful if this became a racial issue today back home. A new element could be introduced into the deal-making at the heart of presidential mission to East Asia, and these youths have a following. They all have head shots from UCLA (snip) If the Chinese wish to use this incident for bargaining leverage (and why wouldn’t they?), they could exchange lenient treatment of the matter, as an “administration violation,” which sounds non-criminal. But either way, the 3 men can be
Former CBS journalist Dan Rather appeared on NBC "Today" on Tuesday where he lamented on the American people´s lack of trust in the media. "There’s a recent poll that said nearly half of people think the media make up stories," host Savannah Guthrie noted. "The media itself is under fire." "What do you think the media needs to do better to enhance its own credibility?" she asked. "We need to do a better job, we need to do our job. Our job is to bear witness, to be honest brokers of information, to be as accurate and fair as we possibly can," Rather
I argued that conservatives should disassociate themselves from Roy Moore and denounce him weeks before credible allegations surfaced today that he preyed on teenage girls, one only 14 years old. So I’m pretty locked-in. I suppose it’s good that some Republicans see this as a bridge too far. But it’s a little hard for me to focus on that upside when you think about what they considered to be acceptable until now. Still, it’s good to know where the line is. You can set up shady charities for profit. You can call for religious tests and champion theocracy. You can Link repaired
If standard practices are applied, the three UCLA basketball players – including LiAngelo Ball – arrested Tuesday in mainland China under suspicion of shoplifting face between three and 10 years in prison if convicted, according to Chinese lawyers who briefed Yahoo Sports on the applicable laws. The sentencing guidelines could shift depending on the amount that the Chinese could prove was allegedly stolen. Authorities believe the players shoplifted from a Louis Vuitton store near the UCLA team hotel outside of Shanghai. The Bruins are in China to play Georgia Tech on Saturday in the season opener. The players were arrested Tuesday
When California lawmakers return to the Capitol in January, the state chapter of the NAACP will be seeking their support for a campaign to remove “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the national anthem. The organization last week began circulating among legislative offices two resolutions that passed at its state conference in October: one urging Congress to rescind “one of the most racist, pro-slavery, anti-black songs in the American lexicon” as the national anthem, and another in support of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who launched a protest movement against police brutality among professional athletes by kneeling when “The Star-Spangled
Maybe it was that whole “low energy” thing. In surprisingly undiplomatic terms for elder statesmen, George W. Bush and his father, George H.W. Bush, bash President Trump in a soon-to-be released book. While both of the former presidents vowed when they left office not to speak ill of their successors — a pledge they’ve kept for the most part — there’s just something about Donald J. Trump that they can’t stand. (Snip) “You can either exploit the anger, incite it, or you can come up with ideas to deal with it.” Jeb offered real solutions, “but it didn’t fit with
The Democratic party was “leeched it of its vitality” by Former President Barack Obama and others in the lead-up to the 2016 election campaign, according to Donna Brazile, former interim chair of the Democratic National Committee. “We had three Democratic parties: The party of Barack Obama, the party of Hillary Clinton, and this weak little vestige of a party led by [Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz] that was doing a very poor job getting people who were not president elected,” Brazile writes in her new book “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in
Former interim DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile said the Democratic party was "leeched of its vitality" by former President Barack Obama and others in the months leading up to the 2016 presidential campaign. (Snip) Obama "used the party to provide for political expenses like gifts to donors, and political travel," Brazile wrote, adding that the politician also used DNC funds for "his pollster and focus groups" later into his second term although he couldn´t run for president again. "This was not working to strengthen the party. He left it in debt. Hillary bailed it out so that she could control it, and Debbie went
Hillary Clinton is in secret negotiations with Christopher Steele, the author of the infamous Russian dossier, to purchase a second report that allegedly contains salacious new charges against President Trump, according to several sources with personal knowledge of the transaction. The talks with Steele, a former British spy, are being carried out by Hillary´s former campaign aides, who do not hide their bitterness over the shocking loss of the White House to Donald Trump, these sources say. ´Hillary´s people have been secretly in touch with Steele and are close to making a deal with him on opposition research that he claims has
The Washington Post is imminently planning to run a piece targeting Judge Roy Moore, claiming that he engaged in inappropriate conduct with four teenage girls thirty-four years ago. The alleged incidents, all of which Moore strongly denies, allegedly took place between 1977 and 1982. Breitbart News obtained details of the forthcoming Post story from the newspaper’s letter detailing the allegations sent to Moore’s campaign for comment. “These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign,” Moore said in a statement obtained by Breitbart News. Separately, Moore’s
The Country Music Association Awards got very political very quickly when the hosts opened Wednesday night´s show by mocking President Donald Trump Country music superstars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood kicked off the 51s annual awards show by wearing eclipse sunglasses, poking fun at the commander-in-chief - who at one point looked at August´s solar eclipse without wearing eye protection. The pair also sang an opening song with the lyrics ´Maybe next time he´ll think before he tweets´, a play on Underwood´s hit song ´Before He Cheats´.