Gerry Duffy, a rangy, chiseled 43-year-old from Ireland, ranks one of the most formidible endurance athletes in the world. But perhaps the most remarkable thing about him is that he used to be just like the rest of us.
People live and are productive far longer than ever before in human history—but with results that can be catastrophic. Four legendary leaders have recently hit the skids in their seniority,and the implications are frightening for all of us.
Paterno, Penn State students, the graduate assistant who reported the abuse, the Board of Trustees, all faced ethical choices and dilemmas. Making choices involves weighing competing principles, feelings, and values.
450 years ago, a German conquistador came to grief on the shores of South America. He left invaluable texts, however, and thus a window into what he was thinking. I attempt here to answer the question of why he did not cut his losses when he had the opportunity.
Whether it is leaving a two-year-old to bleed to death in the street, failing to report an incidence of child abuse, neglecting to report the ethical transgressions of a colleague or the flat out denial of sexual impropriety, when we are faced with certain knowledge and do not act, we are making a choice that indirectly condones the transgression.
The biggest mistakes couples make when consulting parenting books is that more often than not, only one member of the couple reads them. No matter how sage the advice, unless parents are unified on the approach they take, their efforts to create change will likely fail.
Five years ago I was self-righteous and ill-informed. I would loudly criticize the war (it didn't matter what war...they were all the same to me), and I would question the reason why anyone would choose to join the military. I was always polite about it, so as not to cross any 'politically-correct' line...
November is National Novel Writing Month. I've never participated in the official month, but I did follow the excellent system proposed by Chris Baty in his book No Plot? No Problem! to write a novel in a month.
A Darwinian, evolutionary perspective helps us understand why children do not readily submit to schooling. Every bone in their body, every neuron, every muscle, resists coercion. Our hunter-gatherer past endowed children with educative drives that are rooted in freedom.
Why is it that some kids have the ability to overcome tragedy and trauma while others don't? Is it the severity of the tragedy that counts or the resiliency of the child? Are there other factors that determine the outcome?
How could Joe Paterno, viewed as one of the few shining examples of a man who "did things right" get it so wrong and not respond better to sexual assault allegations by his own assistant coach? Repeatedly, social psychology has shown the importance of the power of the situation. In short, good people can do bad things when placed in particular circumstances.
There's no shortage of disturbing aspects to the Joe Paterno story. Take yesterday's impromptu rally in which Penn State students camped on the coach's lawn, cheering. How on earth, you might ask, could people support a man who, at the very least, failed to do more than pass the buck to university administrators upon learning that his assistant had assaulted a child?
Given that this was my 6th SAT in 2011, and the first one I can say was a truly bad experience, I guess my odds aren't so bad (I'm trying to look on the bright side). And, I'm trying to find the lessons to impart from my bad experience, so others can hopefully avoid the pitfalls.
While some vampire stories are rich with sexual and cultural lessons, the “Twilight” series, in my opinion, can be used as a display of behaviors that put people at risk for abuse in dating relationships.
"If you could meet one deceased literary figure, who would that be, what would you ask, what would you say. . . " That's the prompt for some imaginary time travel that was offered to 17 living writers.