These are your kids on BOOKS

George Takei posted this on Facebook and I had to [...]

Dive into ABC’s Shark Tank

Set TiVO, gather the kids, and turn off the phone, Shark Tank is BACK!  Shark Tank is a reality TV show that pushes hopeful inventors and entrepreneurs up into the deep end to convince a panel of venture capitalist business tycoons to invest in them.  The new season starts Friday night, Mar 25th, on ABC TV.  [...]

Albertopolis: Cathedrals of Enlightenment

In the posh Kensington area of London, just south of Hyde Park, there is a veritable Vatican of the mind with three cathedrals to human ability. Albertopolis!

Albertopolis is the area of London that contains three of the greatest museums on earth:

The Victoria and Albert Museum
The Natural History Museum
and the Science Museum

Imagine The Smithsonian, The [...]

How to get kids to learn science

Here is a funny comic from Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal with a suggestion on how to get kids to pay attention in science class. I double dog dare any of you teachers out there to print it out and paste it in your class’s science texts!

It is almost as cool as Christ on [...]

How crazy is your teacher?

In our demon haunted world, it is not easy raising rational young individuals that regard things objectively.  It gets harder when so many people in their lives, especially teachers, are bats in the belfry.  A kid can have a hundred different teachers from kindergarten through high school. So if 20% believe in witchcraft, 20 of your [...]

Editing the #@$% out of Mark Twain

Some people are outraged at a new version of Huckleberry Finn with edits for political correctness.  I love books, hate censorship, loathe racism, and really enjoyed The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.  I prefer the original text, but have no problem with an edited version.

The uproar is because NewSouth publishing is releasing an edited [...]

Video: Lilliputian Liberty

Lilliputian Liberty.  This is a cute 3 minute video that illustrates a simple problem (which end of an egg is best to crack?) and how best to address it (government or individuals).  It focuses on the importance of pausing to consider whether government involvement is the best way to address an issue.  It is produced by [...]

Rational lessons from The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (published in 1964 by Harper & Row) is a favorite of teachers and librarians.  It has achieved “timeless classic” status despite a horrible overt message.  But Objectivist parents should not avoid the book because of what it seems to portray.   The Giving Tree is ubiquitous and your child is likely [...]

Big Mommy Michelle Obama will feed your kids

In ancient Rome, it was customary for candidates for public office to woo voters with free grain.  In fact, feeding Rome with plenty of free and subsidized grain became the central preoccupation of most Consuls and Emperors. Well fed Romans were docile Romans.

Jesus Christ handed out free fish, bread, and wine.  People worshiped that guy.

Herbert Hoover [...]

Change your ringtone about banning cell phones in school

Imagine a school where every student has a connected personal computer at their desk.  Now imagine that it is not one school, but every school in America.  Now kick up the fantasy a notch and imagine that all this was available at no charge to you the taxpayer.  That’s right.  Free personal connected computers for every [...]