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One Woman Wrongly Sent 21,000 People To Prison

The next time someone is sentenced to prison for drug possession, and you’re tempted to think “they got what they deserved”, I urge you to remember Annie Dookhan. Because of her forged test results, more than 21,500 people were convicted of drug crimes. Those convictions have now been overturned en masse (sadly, it took four[…]

Which State Is Most Representative Of The U.S.?

NPR recently published a nice breakdown of state-by-state demographics, with the intent to show which of the U.S.’s 50 states most represents the nation as a whole. The whole purpose of the story was to see which state’s presidential primaries should be first. (Of course, that’s silly; no state should go first.) Based on their[…]

Killeen Student Suspended For (Possibly) Saving A Life

In this edition of Stupid Schools, we have a student — right here in my city — who rendered medical assistance to a fellow student and was suspended for two days. According to this story from regional TV channel KCEN, 15-year-old Anthony Ruelas, an eighth-grader at a Killeen alternative school, carried a fellow student —[…]

Strawman: A Logical Fallacy Explained

Seen this meme posted by your conservative friends? It’s a classic strawman fallacy. Click here to see it larger. Ah the strawman, my least favorite logical fallacy. As luck would have it, I was considering a blog entry — or series of them — about the various logical fallacies used in political and religious debates,[…]

We’re #1! (In Almost Nothing Good) — UPDATED

(Originally published 2014.09.12) The U.S. is #1 in obesity rates (Copyright © 2006 by Wil C. Fry.) Most nations seem to have some degree of the “we’re #1” factor — call it nationalism, pride, what have you. The U.S. has no shortage of this, even in the face of mounting statistics that say otherwise. I’ve[…]

Democrats Aren’t Always Fond Of Science, Either

Not long ago, I sought to call Rand Paul’s baloney when he said Republicans weren’t at war with science. He’s still wrong. But I want to be fair. People in the other major party do it too, but perhaps less obviously.

How Many In Congress Are Like You?

The Guardian today released an interactive map so you can see how many senators and representatives are “like” you. Two people in Congress are male, white, straight, under 44, with some college  

Crisis Of Conscience: College Football

MSSU vs. Harding University (Copyright © 2008 by Wil C. Fry.) Saturday, as I often do, I tried to watch a bit of college football on television. It’s not easy — being a stay-at-home Dad with a wife who works weekends — to maintain any kind of focus on the play-by-play happenings. Often, I hear[…]

Good For You, Oklahoma

Categories: Education, Finances, InTheNews
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Published on: 2014.02.25

In The News: Oklahoma Requires Students Learn Personal Finance To Graduate (PBS News Hour, Feb. 24, 2014) Though I don’t think I’ve ever blogged about it, I’ve long been a proponent of schools teaching practical life skills alongside (or even instead of) less useful courses. I know I’ve mentioned this to family and friends, and[…]

Teacher Punished For Assignment

Categories: InTheNews
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Published on: 2013.04.14

In The News: Nazi essay assignment teacher placed on leave by New York school district (The Guardian) I’ve seen a dozen or more stories on this recent bit of “news”, but not one of them has said why the teacher has been “placed on leave”. All the stories note that the teacher assigned her students[…]

Schools in Crisis

Categories: Education
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Published on: 2006.03.06

I’ve long been an opponent of the way public schools are run in the United States of America, from the top to the bottom. I’ve held this opinion ever since I graduated from a public school only to see my sisters graduate from a home-school with much more self-awareness, a greater degree of knowledge, better[…]

Better Get to Work

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Published on: 2005.07.13

I read recently [expired link removed] that American workers are working longer hours than workers in all other developed nations, and our average hours of work per year are actually increasing, unlike in other countries, where this number has been steadily dropping. Is this a surprise to anyone? Also, our wages are falling. This isn’t[…]

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