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  • On the Power of Quiet Lives

    On the Power of Quiet Lives3

    Under her pen name George Elliot, Mary Anne Evans wrote these words in her 1871–72 novel Middlemarch: The growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a

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  • Thanks to State Control, Doctors Have Become Gods

    Thanks to State Control, Doctors Have Become Gods1

    My wife often poses the joke “Do you know the difference between doctors and God?” with the punchline being “God doesn’t think he’s a doctor.” The atrocious behavior of my neurosurgeon made me wonder: How does anyone get away with acting like this? In part one of my deep brain stimulation to fix the tremors in my hands, two holes are

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  • The Simple Joys of Keeping a Cow

    The Simple Joys of Keeping a Cow8

    “Three acres and a cow” became a slogan for those who promoted small landholdings in 1880s England. It was thought to represent an ideal setup for the average family. As it happens, I’ve somehow ended up with exactly that: three acres and a cow—specifically, a Jersey-Fleckvie mix gifted to us by my wife’s dairy-farming family.

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  • Do Teachers Unions Actually Care about Kids?

    Do Teachers Unions Actually Care about Kids?2

    The 1857 formation of teachers unions was intended to elevate the profession of teaching with the ultimate goal of benefiting the students. The basic idea was to professionalize teaching and standardize education for both teachers and students to ensure a good learning experience for all. Unions became a popular means of advocating for various groups

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  • Bans on Smartphones in the Classroom Gain Favor Across Political Spectrum

    Bans on Smartphones in the Classroom Gain Favor Across Political Spectrum0

    The school year is over, and the results should leave parents and educators with more anxiety than relief. Achievement scores are near historical lows and student absenteeism is high. There is some bipartisan agreement, though, on classroom management that could help students begin to rebound in the fall: Prohibit smartphones in classrooms. Earlier this year, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb,

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  • My Favorite Patriotic Recipes for Independence Day

    My Favorite Patriotic Recipes for Independence Day4

    Independence Day is just around the corner! I’m planning to celebrate with a feast. What better things to cook than classic American recipes? Much of what we think of as “American food” actually comes from Western Europe where the majority of immigration to our country originated. Most of the immigrants were poor, simple, and hardy,

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