Harvard University Professor Stephan Thernstrom's recent essay, "Minorities in College — Good News, But...," in Minding the Campus (11/4/10), a website sponsored by the New York-based Manhattan Institute, commented on the results of the most recent National Assessment of Education Progress test: The scores "mean that black students aged 17 do not read with any greater facility than whites who are four years younger and still in junior high.... Exactly the same glaring gaps appear in NAEP's tests of basic mathematics skills."
Back in the days when I was a youngster, my parents put their savings in a bank that went belly up during the Depression. As recent immigrants, they were not very savvy about our banking system, and so they chose a bank called Bank of United States because it sounded very safe. Had they been aware of what was happening on Wall Street they would have put their money in one of the Rockefeller institutions, which never failed.
If you celebrate Christmas someplace cold this year, step outside after dark that night without a coat. No hat, scarf or gloves, either: just the shirt or sweater you were wearing indoors.
He was small in stature but big in heart — and, presumably, faith. His name was Adam. And he is among the youngest of Christian martyrs.