In trying to find out about your child’s school, the most important thing is to ask the right questions. But first you must understand that teachers and principals don’t like to be questioned by parents. Of course, if your questions are about school hours or bussing schedules they will gladly answer them. But if you ask questions about the credentials of the teachers or what goes on in the classrooms, you will be considered a troublemaker. But whether you get the answers or not, this is what you should try to find out.
The decision to become a cultural commentator or pundit, like any other decision, comes at a cost. Perhaps not unsurprisingly, scarcely any commentator has thought to comment on the danger to one’s moral character that this decision imposes.
Like him or not, you can learn a lot by reading George Will's columns and books. I learned, for example, that someone long ago, perhaps before there were greenhouses, wrote that God gave man memory that we have roses in winter. Will, of course, dismissed that as sentimental nonsense. God gave man memory, he explained, that we might endure winters without baseball, winter being the season Will describes as a vast wasteland that stretches like the Sahara between the end of the World Series and the beginning of spring training.
When President Obama spoke before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee some weeks ago, he admonished those who engaged in “loose talk of war” about Iran. Apparently, his secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton, didn’t get the memo.