Concerns about mandatory service have been taken very seriously by legal scholars. In general, this work has concluded that mandatory service is legally permissible under federal law because “community service programs amount to nothing more than conditions attached to the ‘privilege’ of free public education and thus pose no constitutional problems whatsoever” (Smolla, 2000). The key here is legally permissible—there are many other ethical concerns that have been raised, and a larger review of these issues can be found here. … [Read more...] about Volunteer or Voluntold: Does Required Service Benefit Youth?
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Zoonosis is a term that may be unfamiliar to some but the concept is well know. It is the term to describe the ways that humans can get sick from their interactions with animals, such as contracting hoof and mouth disease from sick cattle. Previous research focused on controlling zoonosis, preventing people from getting sick from animals or preventing animals from getting sick from people. These are the articles you may have read that proclaim that you shouldn't let your dog kiss you or sleep on your bed because it is detrimental to your health. However, new research shows that these articles may have it all backwards! The benefits to spending time with animals far outweigh any potential health risks and spending time with animals may actually make us healthier. Oxytocin, the hormone that bonds mothers to their children and romantic partners to each other, also increases in both humans and animals when they interact. Oxytocin controls key … [Read more...] about Do Pets Keep People Healthy?
I probably should not be so surprised by my complicated feelings and thoughts about it all, because this “going home again” business when all is said and done, strikes me as quite psychoanalytic. Everything about it turns out to be more complicated than just outgrowing what we come from, finding better places to live, and not being able to “go home again.” I think that we, and our countries (original and acquired) may always be full of complexities, ambivalence, and contradictions. And like George in Wolfe’s novel, maybe we are all just human—we feel hate, scorn, derision. Perhaps, when we can bear that, and grow in our ability to listen to each other, as lovers and haters amid our differences, then perhaps we can forgive, as Mandela taught—our countries, families, governments. And most of all, perhaps we can also forgive our own flawed selves. Maybe then, “home” can become fuller richer places within all … [Read more...] about Going Home, Again
Today we live in a very different world than we did when I was growing up. Our advances in many fields have modernized the job market in ways that no one could have predicted. This has led to a unique set of circumstances occurring for our young adults – many, even those that were deemed intelligent and good at school lack the necessary skills to join the workforce. At this same time, however, industries are calling for a workforce that can think outside of the box and arrive at novel conclusions especially within fields that are heavily steeped in visual and spatial problem-solving. However, in school, we don’t really teach spatial skills. In fact, in my opinion, we don’t even recognize some of the visual, spatial, and perceptual strengths that drive innovation in so many of these fields. … [Read more...] about Rethinking Intelligence: Saving our Different-Minded Kids
Insight #3: The dogma of successful aging is a load of crap. To successfully age in our culture involves spending obscene amounts of money to pretend we aren't getting old. To pretend not to age is anti-aging. We can throw tons of money at crow's feet and have all the cosmetic surgery we want, but the truth is that we age. Period. We need to redefine successful aging to embrace the process of aging rather than deny it. We need to to radically accept getting old as okay. … [Read more...] about Why Good Sex Matters