We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
If I were a horny college student today, I think I'd feel more comfortable chasing the townie girls. But that runs up against this advice: Princeton mom: Women have a 'shelf life'. Why that article got so much attention is beyond me, because every gal knows it even if they decide to wait a while.
I humbly suggest this may be worthy of its own post, although it is in the format of an unsexy PDF...
It was Plato who remarked that the two most important questions in society are “Who teaches the children?” and “What do they teach them?” The link is to a PDF report of the results of an exhaustive study of what is being taught at what was once one of America's finest institutions of higher learning, Bowdoin College, located here in Maine. I imagine a similar study would yield similar results from Harvard, Yale, Princeton... any of the places we send young minds to be honed to brilliance. It is a lengthy document, weighing in at more than 300 pages. The authors discover in great detail how liberal arts education is failing America, and as such, uncover why America is failing.
From the conclusion: What does Bowdoin not teach? Intellectual modesty. Self-restraint. Hard work. Virtue. Self-criticism. Moderation. A broad framework of intellectual history. Survey courses. English composition. A course on Edmund Spenser. A course primarily on the American Founders. A course on the American Revolution. The history of Western civilization from classical times to the present. A course on the Christian philosophical tradition. Public speaking. Tolerance towards dissenting views. The predicates of critical thinking. A coherent body of knowledge. How to distinguish importance from triviality. Wisdom. Culture."