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For some reason I don’t understand, I am seeing a giant spike from people clicking today to read my two-week-old post about taking my son to Hooter’s (if you really want to see it, i’ll make it easy for you: here it is).  That post was popular and controversial when I wrote it, but I have moved on to more interesting, substantial parenting topics.  So if you are here to read about Hooter’s, great.  And you are more than welcome to stick around and see what we have to say about instilling your kids with a work ethic and a capacity to save money, how to get your kids off the videogames, a link to a serious documentary about school children and racism.  In addition, my favorite and most popular posts from the archives are listed on the right panel under “Greatest Hits You Might Have Missed.”

P.S. Can someone leave in the comment section what link you saw that led you to my blog today?

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Iowa schoolchildren in Ms Elliot's class circa 1968

Iowa schoolchildren in Ms Elliot's class circa 1968

This is the full, streaming video of a classic Frontline documentary about an Iowa school teacher who on the day after MLK was assassinated in 1968 decided to teach her class of 8-year-olds a harsh lesson about racism.  She decreed to that blue-eyed kids were better than brown-eyed kids and that they would enjoy privileges in the class, at recess, and in the cafeteria. The brown-eyed children were forced to wear collars. Not only did the classmates turn on each other but the “superior” kids started performing better in classroom exercises while the “inferior” kids slumped.  It is an amazing tale, and suitable for anybody young or old to watch.

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