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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 August 11, 2010 / 1 Elul, 5770

Lessons learned from baby mice

By Marybeth Hicks





http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The gathering of college students was moving from the patio to the basement when the first scream pierced the air and echoed in the stairwell. You'd have thought there was a dead body slumped in the landing. It was a mouse.

More accurately, it turned out to be a litter of baby mice — five, to be exact — that apparently made its way undetected into the storage room when my husband brought in a bag that had been out in our garage.

Baby mice don't scurry like adults. They pop like popcorn. But soon enough, four of them had been caught under serving bowls, and the question was resolved: How many college students does it take to capture a litter of mice? (Two, with four standing on chairs to tell them where to look, and three who suddenly remembered they had somewhere else to be.)

The next morning, I called Bert, my pest control guy. In no time, he tossed out the last (dead) mouse, set traps in case there were more, and while he was at it, performed his monthly bug service.

Not to diminish the heroic response of the college boys who came to the rescue, I confess I wasn't confident the problem had been solved until Bert appeared on the scene. Years in the pest business have taught him every trick in the trade, and besides, he knows our house mouse history. When Bert declared it an isolated incident, I sighed in relief.

Bert is just one of many small, independent business men and women I count on from month to month. They didn't go to college; but rather, they took risks, invested their savings and started enterprises that feed their own families and often, several others.

I thought of those folks today when I read President Obama's remarks at theUniversity of Texas on Monday in which he declared, "Education is the economic issue of our time."

Don't misunderstand — obviously I believe in the value of education and the crucial role an educated citizenry plays in economic growth and development. My husband and I have the tuition bills to prove our belief in the power of education. We're committed to helping our four children reach their educational goals and we're blessed that we are in a position to do so.

But I don't buy the president's line. He's conveniently using some alarming statistics to justify even more federal government intrusion into the educational system from pre-school through graduate school.

For example, on Monday he lamented that our nation's college graduation rates have fallen from first in the world to 12th in the span of a generation. But the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reports that U.S. college enrollment in 2009 was 19.6 million — the highest in history — and it's expected to continue to set new records from this fall until the fall of 2018. This, despite a decrease in the size of the traditional college-age population (18-24) during the same time period.

Moreover, in the 10 years from the 1997-98 academic year and 2007-08, the number of associates degrees conferred grew 34 percent, bachelor's degrees increased 32 percent, master's degrees rose 45 percent, first-professional degrees rose 16 percent, and the number of doctor's degrees was 38 percent higher.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Census Bureau's annual statistics on educational attainment indicate that for the years between 1999 and 2009, the percentage of the adult population 25 years of age and older who completed high school rose from 83 percent to 87 percent, while the percentage of adults with bachelor degrees increased from 25 percent to 30 percent.

It's political stump speeching to point to a single statistic and extrapolate so liberally unless your aims are to justify billions on government programs that benefit the nation's largest union — the National Education Association — and to socialize our educational system.

For entrepreneurs and trades people — folks like my buddy Bert — the potential for success isn't necessarily dependent on a degree but on an economy that isn't hostile toward small, independent business.

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JWR contributor Marybeth Hicks, a wife of more than 20 years and mother of four children, lives in the Midwest. She uses her column to share her perspective on issues and experiences that shape families nationwide. To comment, please click here.


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