Sorry. No Scholarship for You. You’re Too Slow at Jumping Rope.

In 2014, Chinese authorities introduced physical-education requirements that included a national jump-rope exam for boys and girls from first through sixth grades. To pass, students must complete minimum numbers of skips a minute, and failure can trip up an otherwise promising academic trajectory. Top officials see the activity as an accessible, low-cost way to help … Continue reading Sorry. No Scholarship for You. You’re Too Slow at Jumping Rope.

Where Have All the Workers Gone?

It seems like every restaurant and retail establishment I go to has a Help Wanted sign on the door. Earlier this week I called a doctor's office to check on an upcoming appointment. After 15 minutes on hold, I had to hang up. Service times at restaurants and grocery stores seem to be getting longer … Continue reading Where Have All the Workers Gone?

Serendipity, Stupidity, and the Web

This is probably about the fifth post I've written that refers to the word serendipity. It's no surprise given how much I surf the web, and end up clicking on random links that pop up. Today's serendipitous moment started while watching ESPN's Gameday show, which was set at Penn State (where they are having one … Continue reading Serendipity, Stupidity, and the Web

Americans Should Be Embarrassed

The Annenberg Civics Knowledge Survey, conducted since 2006, focuses on the American public’s understanding of the Constitution of the United States. Since 2013, the civics knowledge survey has been conducted annually for Constitution Day (Sept. 17) as the Annenberg Constitution Day Civics Survey. The latest results from the 2021 survey, while encouraging, are also, in … Continue reading Americans Should Be Embarrassed

Music Monday: A Song for 9/11

The past few days have seen many musical tributes in honor of 9/11, so I thought I would add my own. The Rising appeared on an album of the same name that Bruce Springsteen created shortly after 9/11. Based in large part on Springsteen's reflections during the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks, the album … Continue reading Music Monday: A Song for 9/11

Why Would Anyone Want to Be on Their Local School Board?

School board members are typically unpaid volunteers, often parents who step forward to shape school policy, choose a superintendent, and review the budget. In most places, and during most times, it was a relatively unremarkable, yet vital position, one that few people paid attention to, or even knew who the members of the local school … Continue reading Why Would Anyone Want to Be on Their Local School Board?

Can Money Help People to “Just Say No”?

Overdose deaths from stimulants in California nearly quadrupled between 2010 and 2019, and the problem has gotten even worse since. Preliminary data from the first nine months of 2020 — when much of the state was locked down because of the coronavirus— shows stimulant overdose deaths jumped 42% compared to 2019. California has proposed a … Continue reading Can Money Help People to “Just Say No”?

These Are the Kinds of TV Shows People Watch?!

Earlier today I decided to see what was on TV so I could just zone out for a while. Sort of the calm before the storm of classes starting on Monday. As I scrolled through my YouTube TV channel line-up, here are some of the 4:00 pm options I came across: 60 Days In - … Continue reading These Are the Kinds of TV Shows People Watch?!

We’re Number 11, Again! :(

Eleven years ago New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman wrote an opinion piece titled "We're No. 1(1)!" The title was in reference to a Newsweek ranking of the 100 best countries in the world. The U.S. didn't even make the top 10; we came in at No. 11. Not bad, but it seems that for … Continue reading We’re Number 11, Again! 😦

Talk about Having a High Opinion of Yourself…

With the Olympics drawing to a close, I found the results of a recent survey quite fascinating. The survey of 1,000 U.S. residents revealed that 40 percent think they’re fit enough to compete in at least one summer or winter sport at the Olympics. That includes three times as many men as women (60% vs. … Continue reading Talk about Having a High Opinion of Yourself…