Tuesday, June 25, 2013

All Around the Web - June 25, 2013

Wall Street Journal - Why Dads Don't Take Paternity Leave |

Firms are catching on to paternity leave. Dads? Not so much.

Yahoo Inc. announced in April that new fathers can take eight weeks off at full pay. Bank of America Corp. offers 12 weeks of paid leave, and Ernst & Young a few years ago bumped its leave policy from two weeks to six. Fifteen percent of U.S. firms provide some paid leave for new fathers, according to a survey from the Society for Human Resource Management to be released on Father's Day.

It sounds like progress, but in reality men are reluctant to take time off for a variety of reasons, ranging from a fear of losing status at work to lingering stereotypes about a father's role in the family.

Leave is the norm for women, but men have only become a part of the discussion as traditional housewife and breadwinner roles have shifted. Countries around the world, such as Sweden and Portugal, have mandated leave for fathers, but leave in the U.S. remains stubbornly short—if it is taken at all.

CredoWhy did Wayne Grudem leave Trinity Evangelical Divinity School for Phoenix Seminary |

Breitbart - Report: Homeschooling Growing Seven Times Faster than Public School Enrollment | I consider this to be good news.

As dissatisfaction with the U.S. public school system grows, apparently so has the appeal of homeschooling. Educational researchers, in fact, are expecting a surge in the number of students educated at home by their parents over the next ten years, as more parents reject public schools.

A recent report in Education News states that, since 1999, the number of children who are homeschooled has increased by 75%. Though homeschooled children represent only 4% of all school-age children nationwide, the number of children whose parents choose to educate them at home rather than a traditional academic setting is growing seven times faster than the number of children enrolling in grades K-12 every year.

As homeschooling has become increasingly popular, common myths that have long been associated with the practice of homeschooling have been debunked

Justin Taylor - So Why Are Performance-Enhancing Drugs Wrong? |

Justin Barnard—director of the Carl F.H. Henry Institute for Intellectual Discipleship and associate professor of philosophy at Union University—has done some helpful work on this and related questions. Here is an excerpt:

Thole point of using performance-enhancing drugs is to hit the ball harder and hence, farther. But while the ability to hit the ball well (e.g., hard) is a good, it is only one good, among many, in the game of baseball considered as a whole. And among those for whom it is morally bothersome, this is precisely what bothers fans when heroes are exposed for having violated the purity of the game.
Specifically, the use of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball violates the integral relationship that exists among all of the game’s goods considered as a whole by virtue of employing means (i.e., performance-enhancing drugs) which, by their very nature, treat a single good as though it were an exclusive end in itself (i.e., the good of hitting the ball a very long distance or even more basically, the good of raw athletic power or strength). By their very nature, performance-enhancing drugs work so as to maximize a single good (e.g., muscles that are bigger, faster, stronger, etc.). Moreover, the use of such drugs in baseball (or in any other sport for that matter) implicitly treats the single good at which the drug aims as though it were the most important or only good of the game considered as a whole. That this is false about home-run-hitting is illustrated by the robotic baseball thought experiment. If merely hitting the ball (very far!) were the most important or only good of the game of baseball considered as a whole, why not get rid of the players and replace them with machines? After all, we already have the technology to create machines capable of hitting baseballs farther than most steroid-enhanced players alive!
Of course, the thought experiment helps us to realize that home-run-hitting, exciting and important as it is, is merely one good among many in the game of baseball considered as a whole. Activities like the use of performance-enhancing drugs trouble us morally—not merely because of the conventions of the game—but more significantly because they violate the overarching goodness of the unity of the game’s goods, considered as a whole.

CBS New York - Seen At 11: Are Cosmetic Procedures For Pets A Good Idea? | I wish we treated our born and unborn children as good as we treat our pets.

From facelifts to nose jobs and even Botox, animal lovers are now spending millions each year enhancing their pets’ droopy eyes and cats’ crooked teeth.

But would you put your pet under the knife?

As CBS 2’s Kristine Johnson reported Wednesday night, pets are now heading for the types of cosmetic procedures people have been getting for years – from braces and eye replacements to various lifts and tucks.

“I think it is becoming more common for clients to pay for cosmetic surgeries,” said veterinarian Dr. Chris Bern.

The Blaze - Doctor Compares Deadly Abortion Injection to a Flu Shot or Vaccine, Says Unborn Baby ‘Not a Thinking Being’ Like Adults |

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