Spanking: Screw It

Despite my liberal Democrat ways, I'm not violently opposed to spanking. (No pun intended. Or maybe it was.) I think there's quite a difference between "spanking" and "beating to a pulp," and when parents object too stridently to spanking, we're opening ourselves up to arguments over semantics rather than arguments over disciplinary styles. It's not just that I don't want to send a message that violence is the way of the world, or that I don't want to be a hypocrite and spank my child to teach her that hitting is wrong, although I don't want to do either of those things. There are a thousand arguments against spanking, but the strongest is still this: It doesn't work. ...more

But, I don't spank either. I don't think it amounts to controlling behavior through ... more

Women, Stop Saying You Hate Math

Every time I see a comment or a post from a woman stating that she can’t do math or hates math I just cringe. This is one cultural meme I would like to see stomped into the pavement. Take a step back and look at what we affirm. There are generations of people saying “I don’t understand math.” “I hate math.” “Math is hard.” Yet we are the same people that buy cars, homes and financial services. We are also the same people who elect other math illiterates to city, state and federal position to manage government financial affairs. ...more

Thanks, Gena. You're right about my math ability - numbers undeniably sneak in there. Your ... more

Women, Stop Saying You Hate Math

Every time I see a comment or a post from a woman stating that she can’t do math or hates math I just cringe. This is one cultural meme I would like to see stomped into the pavement. Take a step back and look at what we affirm. There are generations of people saying “I don’t understand math.” “I hate math.” “Math is hard.” Yet we are the same people that buy cars, homes and financial services. We are also the same people who elect other math illiterates to city, state and federal position to manage government financial affairs. ...more

At first you ask us to stop saying we hate math, but proceed to ... more

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