Jon Stewart’s leaving, and I’ve been in mourning. “I need more flexibility,” he recently announced on Catie Lazarus’s podcast, Employee of the Month. I’ve got maybe four or five more years with [my two children] before they really don’t want anything to do with me.”
Speaking of employees and kids: John Oliver’s cheering me up. He capped America’s favorite holiday yesterday with a brilliant, lacerating take on paid family leave. You remember that policy—the one that’s earned us a citation from Human Rights Watch, the one that the governor of my . . . Read full article →
I don’t celebrate Mothers’ Day. Somewhere along the line, after years of obligatory gifts, the woman who produced me said “enough.” A refugee from the “Mad Men” era, she got it: this holiday, dedicated to the nation’s progenitors, had Hallmark written all over it. Just another chance for consumption, a shot of adrenalin for the retail economy.
What a crass take on parenthood, such a distortion of that rosy vision of mother and apple pie. You bet. Here’s an ersatz want ad, drafted some time ago, by economist Shirley Burggraf:
Parents willing to bear, rear, and . . . Read full article →
Earlier this year, Robert Pondiscio, a policy pundit at the Fordham Institute, took to his “Common Core” blog and blasted Reading in Kindergarten: Little to Gain and Much to Lose, a report written by three early childhood educators.
Why shouldn’t kids be reading in kindergarten, the man wanted to know. And how dare the authors suggest that the blessed academic standards were not developmentally appropriate?
I immediately zeroed in on Pondiscio’s resume, from which experience and credentials in early development and education were conspicuously absent. He’d worked in public relations . . . Read full article →