Labor's Lost Story

A column about labor relations and automotive job losses.

Labor's Lost Story
Almost everybody right of center sees the job losses as inevitable, the result of the American auto industry's failure to meet foreign competition and the "excessively" generous wages, health benefits and, especially, retirement programs negotiated by Reuther's union.

Real literacy?

Killing the written word by snippets - Los Angeles Times
Students are trading in books for search-and-seizure learning on the Internet, and real literacy is getting lost along the way.
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One memorable freshman sagely informed me that people shouldn't be reading entire volumes these days anyway.
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There's no 'good' divorce - The Boston Globe

There's no 'good' divorce - The Boston Globe
Many experts and parents embrace the idea, confident that it's not divorce itself that harms children but simply the way that parents divorce. If divorced parents stay involved with their child and don't fight with each other, they say, then children will be fine.

There's only one problem. It's not true.

Speed of technological progress and social effects

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Models in professional knowledge

Unexpected countenance of change - The Boston Globe
SOMEONE, a psychiatrist, discouragingly once said that people don't change very much, but the little ways they change, when they do change, are enormous. It seemed a dour but accurate assessment.

It was practical wisdom -- the kind someone would acquire after being in the business many admirable years. Just recently, a patient proved to me that it is utterly wrong.
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Discrepancies in Testing

Students Ace State Tests, but Earn D's From U.S. - New York Times
A comparison of state test results against the latest National Assessment of Educational Progress, a federal test mandated by the No Child Left Behind law, shows that wide discrepancies between the state and federal findings were commonplace.

The American Dream and varieties of national self-esteem

Replant the American Dream
When I lived abroad, Thanksgiving was always my favorite holiday. It was a chance to scrounge up a turkey, gather foreign and American friends, and celebrate what America represented to the world. I liked to give a sentimental toast when the turkey arrived at the table, and more than once I had my foreign guests in tears. They loved the American dream as much as I did.

They Held Their Noses, and Ate - New York Times

They Held Their Noses, and Ate - New York Times Proper notions of English husbandry generally demanded that flesh be domesticated, grain neatly planted and fruit and vegetables cultivated in gardens and orchards. Given these expectations, English migrants recoiled upon discovering that the native inhabitants hunted their game, grew their grain haphazardly and foraged for fruit and vegetables. Squash, corn, turkey and ripe cranberries might have tasted perfectly fine to the English settlers.

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