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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Feb 3, 2012/ 10 Shevat, 5772

Got smarts? How about heart?

By Lori Borgman

Lori Borgman


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | A popular parenting magazine recently had a little boy on the cover dressed like Steve Jobs in a black turtleneck, wire rim glasses and his hand posed beneath his chin. Cute. Very cute. The cover story was on how to raise genius children.

Who wouldn't want to be the parent of a genius like Steve Jobs? Everybody wants genius kids. Everybody wants gifted kids, smart kids. It's what we're about — being smart.

Smart is good. Smart creates wonderful tools and technologies. Smart discovers treatments and cures for illnesses and diseases. Smart makes our lives easier and more enjoyable in countless flip-of-the-switch ways.

That said, I wonder how popular a magazine would be that had a little girl on the cover wearing a white veil with blue stripes and a headline reading, "How to raise the next Mother Teresa: Ways to cultivate self-sacrifice, mercy, compassion and attune your child to the poor."

Or how about an issue featuring a little boy with a prominent nose, sunken eyes, a stovepipe hat, a fake beard and a headline that reads, "How to raise the next Abe Lincoln: Ten tips for raising children willing to serve country and fellow man to the point of agony, marital acrimony, depression and death."

Right, not real big sellers.

Are we as interested in raising kids that are good as much as we are in raising kids that are smart?

It doesn't seem as though good and decent rate very high on the scale of necessary things when you see another story on teens brawling, the bawdy side of pop culture, or a story on the creative ways students use iPhones to cheat on tests.

It is easy to value smart because smart has the potential to translate into money, a solid income and economic security. Commodities like trustworthiness and conscientiousness translate into, well, you can't put a cash value on them. But that doesn't mean they're worthless. On the contrary, they are priceless: The child that can refrain from outbursts and exercise self-control in the classroom, the young person who leads responsibly, is wholesome, industrious and conducts him or herself with class and dignity are treasures.

Good minds without good hearts lead to devastating consequences. Sharp minds operating without moral restraints have given us punishing financial debacles, elaborate Ponzi schemes and ongoing computer hacking crises.

We need smart, but we need good as well. We need parents as concerned with children's principles and ethics as much as they care about their SATs and GPAs.

In the movie "The Gladiator," Marcus Aurelius sought to teach his son the four chief virtues: wisdom, justice, fortitude and temperance.

How many of our smart kids could write an essay on each of those virtues?

How many of adults could write more than a graph or two on those things?

But more than just write about them, do we strive to live them?

Smart is good, but smart without good, isn't very smart at all.


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