The nation’s largest and most influential anti-sexual-violence organization is rejecting the idea that culture, as opposed to the actions of individuals, is responsible for rape.
“Tolerance for rape? Rape is a horrific crime, and rapists are despised. We have strict laws that Americans want to see enforced. Though rape is certainly a serious problem, there’s no evidence that it’s considered a cultural norm. Twenty-first century America does not have a rape culture; what we have is an out-of-control lobby leading the public and our educational and political leaders down the wrong path. Rape-culture theory is doing little to help victims, but its power to poison the minds of young women and lead to hostile environments for innocent males is immense.”
"When you are in the final days of your life, what will you want?
Will you hug that college degree in the walnut frame? Will you ask to be carried to the garage so you can sit in your car? Will you find comfort in rereading your financial statement? Of course not. What will matter then will be people. If relationships will matter most then, shouldn’t they matter most now?"
— Max Lucado
"This last one Sandseter describes as “the most important for the children.” She told me, “When they are left alone and can take full responsibility for their actions, and the consequences of their decisions, it’s a thrilling experience.”"
This is an incredible article. I could not agree more with it.
I was cleaning up some papers yesterday and came upon a ticket holder. Inside was the train ticket that brought me to Melbourne.
The date of arrival: 16th February 2011.
I’ve been living here for three years now. That went quickly.
There’s plenty of evidence to show private schools are not a drain on the public purse.
“The reality is that even though Catholic and independent schools enrol 34.9 per cent of state and territory students, such schools receive only 22.4 per cent of what state and Commonwealth governments spend on education in terms of recurrent costs.”
Point is: private schools take a big load off the government. By getting parents to contribute, not always a lot given many private schools are low-fee, it means the govt can contribute a lot less and still get a great result.
If private schools ceased to exist, the cost to the govt and by extension each and every one of us would be exorbitant and entirely infeasible.
Joe Hockey is supplying something the Abbott government has been lacking a purpose.
"The age of entitlement is over," Hockey said on Monday. "The age of personal responsibility has begun."
Powerful words. This next budget is going to be interesting.