Why I Am Leaving Guyland

Young Man

There is something cultural happening to young adults today, and it is most pronounced among men growing up in this post-feminist, easy cohabitation, metro-sexual, bi-sexual, Oprah Winfrey, X-Box era.  (Oh where, oh where have you gone, John Wayne and Gary Cooper?)

In 1960 nearly 70% of men age 30 had left home, gotten married pursued an education or found a career passing key milestones into manhood. Today, that stat has flipped.  Nearly 70% of 20-something men are failing to meet that mark by age 30.

Though course, and secular, this interesting Newsweek article takes a frank look at this problem and admits that there were benefits to those milestones which today’s society so often shuns, yet still needs out of the American male.  Click Here to Read Article

Defending Marriage on Its Merits

Bride and Groom

The fight for traditional marriage is a fight for a popular institution that the nation urgently needs to preserve. Americans stand by marriage with good reason. Marriage is a pre-political institution based on the cooperation of the two sexes. Marriage is the very definition of a “popular” institution—it is the one that makes a populace. The goods that marriage uniquely delivers merit it unique protection. Marriage captivates and orients the most elemental of human passions and orders them to something beyond the self. Additionally, marriage recognizes that children fare best when they are raised by their biological mothers and fathers.  Click Here to Read Article

Full-Day Kindergarten’s Benefits Not So Evident

School House

Every few years in Indiana there is an attempt to revive full-day kindergarten. The ritual has begun this time around well in advance of the 2007 legislature.

Reading the media accounts or listening to certain officials, one might not know that there really is another side to this debate. Contrary to what has been asserted, the assumptions that full-day kindergarten will help Indiana move ahead in educational achievement are based upon very flimsy and even contradictory research.

The most comprehensive study of this issue is the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics. The study tracked 22,782 students in 1,277 schools who entered kindergarten in 1998. The 2004 report found an effect from all-day kindergarten, but not one that supporters are likely to cite. “In terms of kindergarten program type (i.e., all day or part day), there is little meaningful difference in the level of children’s end-of-year reading and mathematics knowledge and skills.”

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