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    A "group hug" or an "entwining of the assemblage"?

    A "group hug" or an "entwining of the assemblage"?
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    Greatest shoe salesman ever!

    Greatest shoe salesman ever!
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    Tebow's and Jordan's baseball careers don't...

    Tebow's and Jordan's baseball careers don't answer the question. Both quit baseball after high school, then took it up again. This might just as easily support the practice makes perfect theory as...
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    Practice may not make perfect, but it might make...

    Practice may not make perfect, but it might make "acceptable". Art (I suppose) involves both craft (skill) and imagination. Honing writer's craft will make him a better writer; I'm guessing that...
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    I have no idea what methods are used in Fine Arts...

    I have no idea what methods are used in Fine Arts of Creative Writing programs, although I seem vaguely to remember that famous programs have produced some well-known poets.

    But the notion that...
  6. On a brighter note, I'll bet little Pompey made a...

    On a brighter note, I'll bet little Pompey made a very cute Banquo.
  7. My point is that of course we hope our schools do...

    My point is that of course we hope our schools do as good a job as possible at teaching children. The goal is not in question; the means of attaining it are. I doubt that making college admission...
  8. How is rejecting kids for admission to college...

    How is rejecting kids for admission to college going to improve their "basic reading or writing skills"? That seems counter-intuitive. Surely admitting students to college is more likely to have...
  9. A well educated public is ideal. Most educators...

    A well educated public is ideal. Most educators I know take their "duty" seriously, but there are no simple, sure-fire methods that work for everyone.

    I recently read Tara Westover's...
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    Anna Nicole Smith. The couple had 14 blissful...

    Anna Nicole Smith. The couple had 14 blissful months before Anna's husband died, and she inherited $400 mil, or something like that.
  11. I think that there are several questions involved...

    I think that there are several questions involved Prior to WW2 (I haven't looked up the stats -- I'm guessing) maybe 20% of high school students went on to college. For a number of reasons (GI...
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    Perhaps Fleetwood Mac was familiar with this...

    Perhaps Fleetwood Mac was familiar with this sonnet when they sang, "Tell me lies
    Tell me sweet little lies..."
  13. I wrote that the comparison was "fair", not the...

    I wrote that the comparison was "fair", not the practice. Nor do I think all "affirmative action" must be "mandatory" (that's a matter of definition, and there's no need to argue about it). ...
  14. I wasn't including "affirmative action" in my...

    I wasn't including "affirmative action" in my post to argue with any particular person. I think it's fair to compare an attempt to diversify a curriculum by including a percentage of minority...
  15. I'll defer to your knowledge of the...

    I'll defer to your knowledge of the post-Civil-War period. I also admire your faith in love, a faith that I try to share, often unsuccessfully. We may disagree on which policies, some of which are...
  16. To quote Pompey, "how dumb do you think I am?" ...

    To quote Pompey, "how dumb do you think I am?" Of course an author's cultural background affects what he writes and how he writes about it. For example, if an author is a native English-speaker, he...
  17. I was wondering how far one acre would go toward...

    I was wondering how far one acre would go toward supporting a family.... OK, that policy was a discriminatory economic advantage practice instead of a "hiring practice". That seems like a...
  18. Are you opposed to all forms of reparations? ...

    Are you opposed to all forms of reparations? Weren't former slaves given an acre of land and a mule? Isn't that an example of affirmative action?

    I'll agree that some forms of affirmative action...
  19. It seems to me that the "cult of the author" is...

    It seems to me that the "cult of the author" is called into question by Pompey and Orphan's discussion. Why would the race (or gender, or sexual orientation) of the author be significant to the...
  20. One more point: If English Lit. classes are...

    One more point:

    If English Lit. classes are designed to teach writing skills, shouldn't students who are expected to write critical essays read critical essays? Back when I went to school, we...
  21. That's a good point. However, let us posit some...

    That's a good point. However, let us posit some 15-year-old kid who is fascinated with physics. He studies it on his own. He reads physics journals. But, somehow, physics class in high school...
  22. Bloom's canon clearly supports elitist...

    Bloom's canon clearly supports elitist principles. Familiarity with the "canon" provides entree into certain social circles. There's nothing wrong with this, in a way. All those Cambridge and...
  23. Another problem with Bloom's "Canon" is that many...

    Another problem with Bloom's "Canon" is that many high school and (even) college students find it difficult. I've spoken to teachers who are expected to teach Shakespeare to teen-aged students for...
  24. There is a long tradition of churches being...

    There is a long tradition of churches being places of sanctuary. Nonetheless, Biggus is flirting with bigotry. He writes:



    Why "as a person of faith"? Is Biggus suggesting that atheists and...
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    You'll Never Walk Alone

    Liverpool 4, Barcelona 3 after two legs. Liverpool overcame a 3-0 loss in Barcelona to win the tie. Unbelievable.
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