Author: Jason King

Why Public School?

Two posts got me thinking about the value of public schools.  First was the release of a more detailed version of Trump’s budget which proposed to “cut federal education programs by more than $10 billion . . . . and spending on secondary-education programs would be redirected to school-choice initiatives — the chief policy goal of Betsy DeVos, the education secretary.”   Second is the recent post by Beth Haile on the changing face and value of homeschooling. While these posts address two very different thoughts about education, they both have an implied critique against public education.  As both my...

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Sixth Sunday of Easter: “I will come to you.”

Reading 1: Acts 8:5-8, 14-17 Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 20 Reading 2: 1 Peter 3:15-18 Gospel: John 14:15-21   My daughter is finishing up eighth grade in the next few weeks.  I was driving her to swim practice when she started talking about the latest fashions in her school.  She told me how the new trend is to get two or three septum rings.  She had to explain to me that these were nose rings piercing the cartilage between the two nostrils. I’m always hesitant to make fun of these trends.  This is not just because...

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The Diversity of Poverty

The Atlantic just ran an interesting article entitled “Poverty, Compounded.”  The argument goes that poverty is not one thing but rather the accumulation of many things.  The articles cites a Brookings Institute report that looks at a) five different kinds of poverty “squalor, ignorance, want, idleness, and disease” and b) how those who are poor usually suffer not from one of these poverties but rather two or three of them.  The authors argue that this approach helps to explain at least three things. First, why poverty differs by race: “the majority of blacks and Hispanics live with at least...

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Why Laugh?

Don Rickles, Mr. Warmth, died last week. He was known for zingers like “When you enter a room, you have to kiss his [Frank Sinatra’s] ring. I don’t mind, but he has it in his back pocket.” “Oh my God, look at you. Anyone else hurt in the accident?” “You know, every night when I go out on stage, there’s always one nagging fear in the back of my mind. I’m always afraid that somewhere out there, there is one person in the audience that I’m not going to offend!” While he was often referred to as an insult...

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