Today some of the more interesting stories (at least to me) were on the Townhall website. First is a no-holds-barred essay on the (low) state of educators and education in the U.S. by one of my favorite writers, Walter. E. Williams. Next Ben Shapiro makes the case for defunding the United Nations. Last is a refreshingly honest essay by Dennis Prager on marriage and why no one is really every “ready for marriage” until they marry (and approaching my 31st anniversary with my first and only wife I find this rings very true). Good reading for December 27, 2017 InAmerica.
With but a few exceptions, schools of education represent the academic slums of colleges. They tend to be home to students who have the lowest academic test scores — for example, SAT scores — when they enter college. They also tend to have the lowest scores when they graduate and choose to take postgraduate admissions tests — such as the GRE, the MCAT and the LSAT. Professors at schools of education tend to have the lowest level of academic respectability. American education could benefit from eliminating schools of education.
Herein lies the great irony of the United Nations: While it’s the Mos Eisley of international politics — a hive of scum and villainy — and it votes repeatedly to condemn the United States and Israel, the tyrannies that constitute the body continue to oppress their own peoples.
The U.N. has always been a foolish fantasy, a League of Nations knockoff that’s been about as productive and twice as irritating. It’s an outmoded organization that’s outlived whatever small usefulness it once had. There’s no reason for us to continue cutting checks to prop up regimes that condemn us publicly for exercising the most basic standards of morality.
In every age, people say and believe things that aren’t true but somehow become accepted as “conventional wisdom.”
The statement “I’m not ready to get married” is a current example. Said by more and more Americans between the ages of 21 and 40 (and some who are older than that), it usually qualifies as both meaningless and untrue. And it is one reason a smaller percentage of Americans are marrying than ever before.
So, here’s a truth that young Americans need to hear:
Most people become “ready to get married” when they get married. Throughout history most people got married at a much younger age than people today. They were hardly “ready.” They got married because society and/or their religion expected them to. And then, once married, people tended to rise to the occasion.
December 27, 2017 InAmerica