Looking at my life, I am surrounded by good men who work hard, love their families, and do so with very little recognition. Most men I know try to live good moral lives, but they are imperfect. The truth is we are all capable of evil and goodness, and that capability has little to do with our sex. The world is not as black-and-white as protesters or activists like to imagine. Too often, we women fail to see the weaknesses of our own sex or the strengths of the opposite. But headlines and initiatives send boys this clear message: “There is something seriously wrong with men.” Read more
“I grew up in a dysfunctional family. You know what helped me raise the happy, functional family I have now? The Betsy-Tacy books.”
Having read the books, I can understand her sentiment. The families in them are in no way perfect, yet they depict the happy childhood which results from life in a stable, two-parent home.
In today’s world, many would brush off such books as too idealistic. Modern students, it is argued, live in a much different world. Feeding them reading material which corresponds to the issues we deal with in modern life is what they need, we’re told. And so we give them a variety of fiction that deals with troubled youth or political issues. Read more
When I think about fatherhood, as I often do, I wonder how men are faring in college who are already dads. After all, parenting in college brings unique challenges to graduating.
Unfortunately, the picture isn’t pretty. We see huge dropout rates among dads enrolled in college, which contributes to fewer men getting college degrees. While mothers make up about 70% of the nearly 4 million parents in college, there are more than 1 million fathers enrolled. There’s a large difference in dropout rates with 61% of dads dropping out compared to 48% of moms. Read more