As an educator, I’ve seen the disturbing evidence firsthand. As a friend to young boys, I’ve felt the pain of frustrated parents of boys. And as a father of first-year medical student, I’ve realized how important it is to demonstrate its importance to the next generation of men.
I am, of course, talking about the smorgasbord of documentation bearing evidence that boys are falling behind in reading skills at virtually every age level. In many cases, boys are semi-literate at best, and many never develop adequate reading skills. They never know the pleasures of a book.
In a recent article in the The Wall Street Journal, Thomas Spence offers helpful advice and insight in “How to Raise Boys Who Read.” After expressing appreciation for the fact that many authorities and parents now recognize the problem, Spence asserts: “The bad news is that many of them have perfectly awful ideas for solving it.”
Mark Steyn hit the nail on the head when he accused a Canadian appeals court of allowing for a “fourth-trimester abortion” — that’s right, the killing of a baby that is already born.
The case emerged from the Court of Queen’s Bench in Alberta, where a judge faced the fact that a woman had been convicted of strangling her newborn son and then throwing the baby’s body over the fence into her neighbor’s yard.
As CBC News reported, the woman was given a three-year suspended sentence and will spend no time in jail for the killing of her baby. Katrina Efferts “will have to abide by conditions for the next three years but she won’t spend time behind bars for strangling her own son.”
My daughter, Sarah, was surfing the web and came across a list of the “30 Books Everyone Should Read.” Intrigued, I asked her to send me the list. But before I open that list I wanted to ask YOU — my online friends and family, which book or books you would suggest for a list of must-reads?
It seems to me that no list will do. A list for high school students would no doubt be different than a list for college students; a list for singles would be different from a list for adults — or parents. Then again, maybe one list is possible. For example, a list of must-reads before a person dies.
In any event, let me hear from you. Leave me a post with your suggestion of one or more books which you would suggest to people with similar interests, tastes, and life-style as your own. Alternatively, if you good list on the internet somewhere, share that with us as well.
Because I Love Him and You,
The following are comforting scripture verses you might suggest to a person seeking comfort and answers ten years after 911.
Psalm 73:26 (NIV)
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
Genesis 45:5 (NIV)
5 And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.
Deuteronomy 8:3 (NIV)
3 He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.
2 Kings 22:19 (NIV)
19 Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before the LORD when you heard what I have spoken against this place and its people—that they would become a curse[a] and be laid waste—and because you tore your robes and wept in my presence, I also have heard you, declares the LORD.
2 Chronicles 33:12 (NIV)
12 In his distress he sought the favor of the LORD his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his ancestors.
Jonah 2:7 (NIV)
7 “When my life was ebbing away,
I remembered you, LORD,
and my prayer rose to you,
to your holy temple.
Luke 15:21 (NIV)
21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
My youngest daughter is 18. She was only eight when the Twin Towers fell and there is much about that day that she didn’t remember as she, her mother, and I talked last night. For example, she didn’t remember that we literarily watched people leap to their death. Ironically, we ended up watching a very moving, and very disturbing documentary on the tragedy after our conversation.
The ten year anniversary of the September 11, 2001 events left me wondering where you were when America was “under attack?” — to quote then President Bush. Were you watching the events on television? How did it make you feel? What about the day stands out to you?
“911″ is an event that united all of us, so please post a reply here on my blog.
GOD BLESS AMERICA!
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