From left to right: Fred Hiatt, Washington Post moderator, Peter Wettig, German Ambassador, Gerard Araud, French Ambassador, David O’Sullivan, EU Ambassador to the U.S.
(Photo: Ileana Johnson 2016)
Despite the snowy conditions in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum held a program on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27, 2016 on the topic of “Combating Hate in Europe.” http://www.ushmm.org/online/watch/index.html
In advertising the forum, the museum explained the importance of such a program.
“Around the world, antisemitism, religious persecution, and violent extremism are on the rise, and each threatens the stability and freedoms that democratic leaders are working to preserve.” Continue reading →
“The people that hate this country, people that despise it, people who grew up being taught what a rotten place this was all the way back in the sixties through today are running the country now.” – Rush
I’ve always suspected that in higher education football was king and liberal arts programs were more about socialist indoctrination than about education. There are exceptions in science majors which prepare students with college degrees to be meaningful contributors to society and tomorrow’s inventors. Continue reading →
Photo: Ileana Johnson, 2014
I have asked many students over my 30 teaching years why they attended college. The answers encompassed a wide range:
– It’s a family tradition and my parents are making me
– I want to learn more about a particular subject
– I want a higher-paying job
– I want to be a doctor, a vet, an engineer, a pilot, an astronaut, an artist
– I want to do research and find a cure for cancer
– I have nothing better to do with my time and I like being a student
– I want to be perennial learner and the tuition is paid by the government
– I want to make American lives better
– I want to be the first college graduate in my family
– I don’t want to work in a blue collar job like my father
– I want to help my small hometown who needs a doctor or a vet Continue reading →
John Kerry said to a crowded internet café in Berlin, “In America you have the right to be stupid, if you want to be… and we tolerate that.” Let me translate. Conservatives, you have the right to be wrong, and we, liberals, tolerate your right to be wrong. I would like to add that you also have the right to open your mouth and eliminate any doubt of stupidity.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2284792/John-Kerry-says-Americans-right-stupid-tells-lost-diplomatic-passport-age-12-sneaking-Soviet-controlled-East-Berlin-1950s.html#ixzz2M46DIy6N Continue reading →