In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

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 May 7, 2013/ 27 Iyar, 5773

How to Crush Kids

By Lenore Skenazy

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Here's this week's "Did that really happen?" quiz. Which of these stories did not take place in the past few days?

A) A 10-year-old boy who brought his Swiss army knife on an overnight school nature trip was isolated from his fellow students for a day and forced to eat his meals alone. He had to sleep separately, too.

B) A high-school girl whose science experiment accidentally exploded a little — no one hurt — was hauled off in handcuffs. She also was expelled from school.

C) A 16-year-old Eagle Scout went to the school office to ask for permission to move his car off premises when he suddenly remembered he still had his (unloaded) shotgun in the trunk after a weekend of skeet shooting. Instead, he was expelled.

D) A 5-year-old who brought a plutonium bomb to kindergarten was reprimanded during show and tell.

If you guessed D, you not only are right but also somehow still possess a functioning brain, which is more than I can say for any of the authorities involved in the other three decisions. Those administrators clearly have sworn to uphold the two new laws governing our land: the law of zero tolerance, whereby adults willfully refuse to recognize any difference between an everyday activity and an existential threat, and what I call the law of increasing incompetence. The latter is the law that treats competence in kids as somehow threatening and actively works to repress it.

Zero tolerance gets the press, but look beneath it and you often will find this new idea that many things children have done since the dawn of time are suddenly too taxing, difficult and dangerous for this generation. Instead, adults must keep kids from the fulfillment — excuse me, the danger — of doing anything on their own.

So if a boy brings a penknife on a camping trip (which is really something everyone should do), it's immediately snatched away. Heaven forbid he should do something on his own! Instead, the adults will take care of his and all the other kids' needs. The child is punished for trying to pitch in.

Meantime, a high-school girl mixes some chemicals that go boom. That's not to be tolerated, because, my goodness, she's engaging in scientific exploration! Everyone knows where that could lead: more experiments! Maybe even — I hate to even say it — an understanding of basic chemistry. Who needs that when we can tamp down the girls' natural curiosity by dragging her off to court?

Then there's that high-school student who admitted to the school authorities — of his own accord — that he had in his trunk an unloaded shotgun for skeet shooting. Not only is that the definition of a non-threat; look at what an upright young man we're talking about! A guy who goes to the office of his own accord and asks to do the right thing!

For this, he's treated like a terrorist. The idea that he was demonstrating responsibility didn't seem to cross anyone's mind. Besides, responsibility is the last thing we are asking from our kids.

No, our marching orders are to thwart young folks' natural desire to help. Cauterize their curiosity. Make sure they understand they should not even attempt to pitch in and join the adult world. In other words, stunt them.

We seem to be doing a great job.

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