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Ten Truths For Teenagers: Essential Ideas On Law

Do you have teens or preteens in the house? My kids aren’t quite there yet, but a couple of years ago I felt impressed to write Lessons From a Lemonade Stand: An Unconventional Guide to Government  because I recognized that it didn’t do a lot of good to feed kids healthy doses of liberty in the Tuttle Twins series and then abandon them as they entered their teen years. At the time, I was already getting requests for a teen series of Tuttle Twins books, but I hadn’t yet figured out how I wanted to make that happen. Maybe I wasn’t quite ready for Ethan and Emily to grow up? Happily, my fatherly nostalgia passed and we’ve now got three Choose Your Consequence books for teens (with more planned for the future). But back to Lessons From a Lemonade Stand… I’ve always found it concerning that so many people don’t

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Be Vigilant In Looking For The Good

Happy Tuesday! It seems like the last few weeks have been pretty heavy on the bad, sad, and otherwise depressing news—impeachment drama, unrest in the Middle East, celebrity deaths, a rapidly spreading Chinese virus, the Grammys—so I thought maybe a little recap of the good was in order: Did you hear that a recent poll found that Americans still go to the library more than they go to the movies? “The average 10.5 trips to the library U.S. adults report taking in 2019 exceeds their participation in eight other common leisure activities,” said Justin McCarthy, a journalist and analyst at Gallup. The eight other activities were: going to the movies, attending a live sporting event, attending a concert or the theater, visiting a national or historic park, visiting a museum, visiting a casino, going to an amusement or theme park, and visiting the zoo. Go books! I love getting emails

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Throwing The Babies Out With The Bath Water

Do you remember the old adage about babies and bathwater? Wikipedia says it originated somewhere in Germany in the 1500s and summarizes it thus: “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater” is an idiomatic expression for an avoidable error in which something good is eliminated when trying to get rid of something bad, or in other words, rejecting the favorable along with the unfavorable. On Monday, we observed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and I took the opportunity to post a few quotes of his that I have particularly enjoyed. One of the first comments on the post was, “Giving praise to the adulterer communist, eh?” A few months ago, we used a photo and quote of Winston Churchill on our social media and immediately received a couple of comments about Churchill’s moral failures as well as racist ideas and comments attributed to him. A post featuring H.L.

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Why Are So Many Teens Keen On Socialism?

Every now and then I get a chance to visit with groups of young people. Sometimes I get invited to classrooms to share my books, sometimes I get to speak with groups of teens who are interested in entrepreneurship, and sometimes I get emails or messages in response to podcasts they’ve heard me on or books they’ve read. I get a lot of inspiration and encouragement from those interactions, and I really enjoy them. I recently got a lengthy email from a nineteen year old college freshman. She had been homeschooled up to college and shared with me some of the things she had observed in her first semester at university.  She said: Young America is essentially obsessed with identifying as a collectivist group. No matter where you go, you get asked questions about your religious or political affiliations, the music genre you enjoy, your ethnic makeup, your relationship status

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The Patriotism Of Peace

A couple of days ago we shared this image on our social media pages. It was “liked” and “shared” by more people than had negative responses to it, but I think some of those negative responses deserve to be shared and their messages discussed. Brandon W. “Yeah, nothing says ‘I’m a doormat and little b***h’ like letting someone constantly slap the s**t outta you and not doing anything to stop them” Skye F. “Screw that, some people need to die, sometimes by way of explosion…” William B. “He who has the most/biggest bomb(s) wins.” Kirk W. “Nukes end the cycle…ask Japan.” Steve G. “Sorry don’t agree! Especially since Iran has been killing Americans for decades. It’s time to turn their sand into a sh** hole country!” Steven D. “And that’s why when we bomb someone, we shouldn’t stop until there are none of those people left to ‘get even.’ Yes. They

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Is Liberal Agenda Advocacy Just The Norm In Teaching Now?

*Record screech* … Wait, what did I just read?! “New teachers, I’m sorry if we veteran educators have misguided you about the profession. It’s not about cute classrooms & trendy ideas. It’s political. It’s advocacy. It’s the front line of battle for the future of our nation. Go no further if you’re not ready.” Okay, that’s terrible. But surely it’s just some random leftist twitter warrior. Right? No teacher with any type of actual influence would say something like this. He’d be fired immediately. Right?! So I did a little digging—and it turns out this guy isn’t a nobody afterall. “This teacher has won plenty of accolades such as GQ Magazines’ Male Leader of the Year, and finished in the top 5 for Teacher of the Year in SC, as well as winning an award from President Obama for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, The SC Dept of Ed

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