September 21, 2012
Credit the man in the arena Tony Danza's remarks about the state of public education in the United States are absolutely correct ("Tony Danza's school of hard knocks," Sept. 13). The so-called experts who criticize public education, but have never actually taught in a classroom, should heed Theodore Roosevelt's remarks: "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
September 7, 2012
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The NFL is a league that adapts with unforgiving ease, a fundamental truth that was hammered home in an opening-night slugfest that offered a loud glimpse at what it is going to take to win the NFC East this season. Last year, the Giants and the Cowboys combined to score 116 points in the eight quarters they faced each other. On Wednesday night, they spent the first two quarters of 2012 battering each other into the MetLife Stadium Turf, the front sevens of both defenses dictating the action.
May 20, 2012 |
America the Philosophical By Carlin Romano Alfred A. Knopf. 672 pp. $35 By general consent, the great classic of 20th-century American philosophy is John Rawls' Theory of Justice, which appeared in 1971. Bill Clinton once said that when he and Hillary read it in law school, they immediately realized that liberty, equality, and human rights had been established on a "brilliant new foundation of reason. " Around the same time, a pushy Princeton undergraduate with journalistic ambitions asked the mighty philosopher for an interview, only to be turned away with a gentle Harvard smile.
February 14, 2012
WHAT IS IT about the sports teams in this town that the only one interested in creating a defense-first identity is its pro basketball team? Yes, its pro basketball team. The football team thinks it will win a championship by outscoring you. You can argue the Phillies are defense-first these days, but that's more out of default than design. When they acquired those ace pitchers, it was to complement a high-octane offense, not replace it. The hockey team? I don't know if it has an identity.
November 16, 2011 |
URBANDALE, Iowa - Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain sought to sharpen his grasp on national security and foreign policy while campaigning in Iowa Tuesday, a day after botching his answer to a question about his support for the U.S. role in Libya. On his first trip to Iowa since decade-old sexual harassment allegations surfaced, Cain indirectly addressed the foreign policy problem by telling more than 200 people at a northeastern Iowa restaurant that the U.S. needed to leave no doubt about its allies and enemies.
November 10, 2011 |
There were 25,000 copies initially printed, but Marc Vetri's new cookbook, Rustic Italian Food , went into its second printing before the Nov. 1 release date. Compare that to Il Viaggio Di Vetri , his first book, which sold 25,000 copies after three years. "I just got a $420 royalty check. . . . my first one, three years later," says the chef, sitting on a broken-in brown leather sofa in his newly renovated home kitchen. After two years of recipe testing, writing, and waiting, Vetri is ready to show the world his latest collection.
October 17, 2011 |
For financial adviser Pete K. Hoover, Aug. 9 was supposed to be a day off. He planned to spend it on the golf course with son Chris, who was turning 21. Those plans changed Aug. 8, when the Dow Jones industrial average closed down 634.76 points. Surely the day after such a sickening plummet would be dominated by phones ringing "off the hook" at Hoover Financial Advisors, the Malvern firm's sole owner figured. So instead of heading to a tee time, Hoover went to the office - where he "didn't have one phone call . . . not one" from a panicked client.
October 15, 2011 |
Shannon Maloney had already earned a degree in mechanical engineering, but she returned to Lehigh University for a fifth year to complete a second major she knows will make her more employable: Philosophy. Yep, philosophy. Though philosophy is routinely dismissed and disparaged - as useless as English, as dead as Latin, as diminished as library science - more college students are getting degrees in that field than ever before. Though the overall figures remain small, the number of four-year graduates has grown 46 percent in a decade, surpassing the growth rates of much bigger programs such as psychology and history.
September 23, 2011
Athlete School Class Major Angela Acuna St. Joseph's Sr. International bus. Danielle Brady St. Joseph's Sr. Elementary/sp. ed. Caitlin Connors Philadelphia U. Sr. Textile design Liz Donald Penn Sr. Communication Kara Jackson Temple Jr. Kinesiology Alex Karls St.
July 4, 2011
What is the SRC thinking? For the most part, the current Philadelphia School Reform Commission plays its cards close to the vest. Other than occasionally offering comments when voting on a resolution or listening to a staff presentation at an SRC meeting, Chairman Robert L. Archie Jr. and Commissioners Johnny Irizarry, Joseph Dworetzky, and Denise McGregor Armbrister rarely speak out. But at a special meeting last week, parent Christine Carlson had...