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Randall Smith

Randall Smith

  • Can we please have a version of this with Trump tweets? I still don’t understand Covfefe.

  • Honestly, who in their right mind believes that Moses and Judeo-Christian traditions have a stronger influence on American history and political science than Thomas Hobbes or Greco-Roman philosophy and government? That’s insane. Additionally, although the title tries to imply gender bias (which may play

    Honestly, who in their right mind believes that Moses and Judeo-Christian traditions have a stronger influence on American history and political science than Thomas Hobbes or Greco-Roman philosophy and government? That’s insane. Additionally, although the title tries to imply gender bias (which may play a factor, but I doubt it), the paragraph about why Hellen Keller was eliminated specifically said that one of the deciding factors was that military and first responders are better examples of citizenship. I’m not going to say that military and first responders aren’t. They certainly deserve our respect and appreciation, but that goes without saying or needing to be taught. Discounting and eliminating Keller’s actions and legacy amounts to full-blown revisionist history.

  • Sorry, but the fact that a disgraced former member of Trump’s administration is accepting a joke of an award from a dubious bro’s club of alt-right wingnuts at a ceremony which holocaust-denying authoritarians from a foreign country were invited to attend speaks volumes about our current state of affairs

    Sorry, but the fact that a disgraced former member of Trump’s administration is accepting a joke of an award from a dubious bro’s club of alt-right wingnuts at a ceremony which holocaust-denying authoritarians from a foreign country were invited to attend speaks volumes about our current state of affairs. The fringe is slowly becoming mainstream and the crazies are coming out of the shadows and consorting with the corrupt. Just a tad scary.

  • I agree that education needs to change, but removing anything that makes someone uncomfortable is not the way. Education is not about being coddled into believing an illusion of success. It’s simply about learning, and some things can only be learned outside the comfort zone. I suffer from anxiety too

    I agree that education needs to change, but removing anything that makes someone uncomfortable is not the way. Education is not about being coddled into believing an illusion of success. It’s simply about learning, and some things can only be learned outside the comfort zone. I suffer from anxiety too, especially performance anxiety. The funny thing is I’m a music major and my emphasis is in performance! Every semester I have to perform a solo for my teachers and I’m graded on it. Sometimes I deal with the anxiety pretty well, sometimes I tank, but I can’t grow if I don’t stretch beyond what’s comfortable. There’s nothing in the least bit discriminatory about being forced to deal with weaknesses as part of one’s education.

    Now, that said, there are many different ways of working with anxiety that can and ought to be employed and taught in public schools. Mindfulness meditation, deep breathing, mental practice/visualization, etc. can work wonders for someone with anxiety problems, and for anyone experiencing high levels of stress. So, yes, let’s deal with the problem, but let’s do so with the proper tools rather than removing everything challenging or uncomfortable from life.