LA Hump Day Links: June 13, 2012

  • “‘You’re Not Special,’” by Scott Jaschik at Inside Higher Ed. No, we’re not quite done with commencement addresses yet. In fact, this bit comes from a high school in Massachusetts. An English teacher reiterated to the graduating high school students, who generally care more about the appeal of a transcript rather than the acts behind, that they are not special. “We cheapen worthy endeavors, and building a Guatemalan medical clinic becomes more about the application to Bowdoin than the well-being of Guatemalans. It’s an epidemic…” And you’re not special because everyone is. What do you think?
  • “Ray Bradbury Vs. Political Correctness,” by Sohrab Ahmari at The Wall Street Journal. Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451, a staple of every middle and/or high school literature course, died a week ago. The book feared of a state rife with thought control, and in today’s current environment of the never-ending “war on terror,” are we living in his worst nightmare?
  • “Bring Back Home Ec!” by Torie Bosch at Slate. Could a stronger home economics curriculum make us a better population? Torie Bosch argues it could, as it could retrain our eating habits away from junk and processed foods as well as integrate math, science, and the other subjects into lessons.

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