Recently, Neshaminy High School in Bucks County, PA, made a ripple when the student editors of the school newspaper (The Playwickian) decided that they would no longer print the name of the school’s mascot — the Redskins — within its pages.
A week ago, it got out that an 80-year-old white guy made some racist comments. Considering that such an even was unprecedented in American history, the Internet blew up and the People called for blood. A few days later, LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling was banned for life from the NBA and fined $2.5 million. Furthermore, NBA commissioner Adam Silver made it perfectly clear that he was going to press NBA franchise owners to force Sterling to sell the Clippers.
As it turns out, I'm a horrible libertarian: I'm allowing my kids to take New York State's standardized tests. The first of these, the English Language Arts, are being administered this week, and the math version will follow in a few weeks, after spring break.
For the past couple of months I've been auditing Dr. Corey Olsen's class on Chaucer's non-Canterbury Tale works at Mythgard. I've fallen a bit behind due to deadlines related to another project, which unfortunately means I've missed the discussion about Troilus & Creseyde — the main reason I wanted to audit the class.
A couple days ago, Terry Teachout wrote a column in the Wall Street Journaldenouncing the praise given to Elmore Leonard as a "great American artist" and an increased critical attention on "pop" art to the detriment of "high" art.