The surprise primary defeat of Eric Cantor is the unraveling of an ideological movement.
Mary Perfitt-Nelson's insight:
"It was the perfect illustration of the strategy famously described in Thomas Frank’s book “What’s the Matter With Kansas?” in which Republicans would mobilize voters with social issues, but invariably turn postelection to serving the interests of corporations and the 1 percent."
"In the final analysis, administrators and professors will have to decide for themselves how better understanding student culture will affect their work and policies. As for me, a teacher, I’ve changed my outlook and my courses. My innovations reflect the Buddhist pedagogy of “right means” where you choose the approach that the listener can best appreciate. Acknowledging the utilitarianism I see in student culture, I’ve both reduced course reading (probably by 20%) and increased the in-class forums for directly utilizing the readings or outside assignments I require. I ask questions differently, so students don’t have to “stand out” by answering. I also teach more consciously to the “sub-texts” I saw in student culture, realizing that many students privately think about course material even while following the scripted discourse that downplays their intellectual lives."
1. Tucking them into bed at night. Someday they’ll be too big and I won’t get that moment back. Saying good night, pulling up the covers, and kissing their heads is a gift. 2. Telling them I love them.
A parent's love for their child knows no boundaries, and this is true both of us and of our animal friends. In these heartwarming photos of animal parenting, you'll recognize many of the same tender and stressful childhood moments that you may have also experienced as a parent or a child.
It’s a strange moment when you realize you have a kid that irritates people. It’s a piercing reality when you see the look in people’s eyes, saying “This boy, he’s too much.” But you know what’s the most amazing feeling in the world? When you realize you don’t give a shit what they think, and you’re set free from the insane notion that your kids should all fit perfectly society’s idea of a “well-behaved” child.
Mary Perfitt-Nelson's insight:
It’s a strange moment when you realize you have a kid that irritates people. It’s a piercing reality when you see the look in people’s eyes, saying “This boy, he’s too much.” And you see that The Excessively Uptight pretty much can’t stand being in the presence of your son. Sometimes, they’re mean to him, and you want to break their faces with blunt objects, and grab your boy and fold him up back into your belly, where the assholes don’t exist and he’s safe.
But you know what’s the most amazing feeling in the world? When you realize you don’t give a shit what they think, and you’re set free from the insane notion that your kids should all fitperfectly all the time into society’s idea of a “well-behaved” child."
Ready to dance in your seat? Drummer Clayton Cameron breaks down different genres of music—from R&B to Latin to pop—by their beats. A talk that proves hip hop and jazz aren't cooler than math—they simply rely on it.
As the Voyager space probes plunge into the inky cosmic void, each carries a golden record with 27 songs ranging from Mozart to Chuck Berry. Now, with help from a musical physicist, the twin space probes boast a song of their own.