Your Non-Endless Summer

School’s out for the summer and summer is here. You may be thinking of summer as a long haul from now to when school starts again, but summer isn’t endless; it’s quite short, actually. If you’re a rising senior, this summer shouldn’t be anywhere near endless for you. Your summer should already be underway and ...


Get Your Mind Right for College

The summer between high school and college can be an emotional time for both students and parents. After 17 to 18 years of living at home, under parental scrutiny, college-bound teens suddenly encounter the reality of “escaping the nest” (with all the associated (usually) positive and negative circumstances). For some, it may be like Columbus’ ...


Attending Your College Classes

In remembering my first term at Penn State University (back around the time that the “ancient astronaut” space aliens were helping early Britons build Stonehenge), I recall my Monday morning 8 o’clock Speech Communications class. I lived 45 miles from University Park and had to commute for classes three days a week, Mondays, Wednesdays, and ...


E! Investigates Bullying

Parents, were you ever bullied when you were in high school (or even at an earlier age)? The problem has become a national issue of significant proportions (I hesitate to use the word “epidemic”). One recent tragedy happened when a 15-year-old Massachusetts high school girl committed suicide after being relentlessly bullied by nine of her ...


Campus Violence Up

I’m a former college Dad and my wife and I, as college parents, often thought about the security of our son and daughter as they went through their college years. Thankfully, they had absolutely no problems, but that was as far back as 20 years ago (can it be that long ago?). The situation is ...


College Drinking and Parents

More sad news today about the consequences of college drinking. A 22-year-old man was found dead at the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house at Carnegie Mellon on Saturday afternoon, according to Pittsburgh police. The student attended Pitt’s Greenburg campus, according to an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Pitt News article goes on to say:

Education-Related Privacy Concerns

Star Trek told us that “space” was the final frontier. In my humble, conservative opinion, I think it’s actually privacy. You may have been following the Lower Merion School District’s current crisis about alleged spying on students in their (the students’) own homes via Mac Web cams. The other story that’s getting a lot of ...


Your Rookie College Season

It won’t be too much longer now. Over the next two months, many of you will be receiving your college application decisions. By early April, you may have a nice pile of responses. Hopefully, the “fat” envelopes will far outnumber the “thin” ones. Next, of course, comes the often difficult decision of which acceptance to ...


Liberally Biased Professors

About a year ago, I made a blog post here entitled Bias in The College Classroom. To quote myself from that post, I said: “I wrote about bias in the classroom from the late ‘60s in Seven Things I Didn’t Like About College, where the #1 thing I didn’t like was: 1. Elitist, leftist professors.  ...


College Honor Codes

If you are a high school student, let me ask you a question. Does your school have an honor code? If so, I’d like to know how well it works. Please drop our readers some information about that in the Comments section below. If your school doesn’t have an honor code and you’re headed to ...