My son is a student at our local public high school. As a rule, his teachers do not allow him to use Wikipedia as a source in his research papers because the information it contains can be unreliable. Students are instead expected to find and evaluate the original source material on which the statements contained in Wikipedia entries are based. They are taught that evaluating sources is the essence of competent scholarship.
Unfortunately, the standards for academic integrity appear not to be as high at Georgetown University.
When I read Om’s post today celebrating 10 years blogging, it made me think back to when I began. Oddly enough, in three days, it will be exactly 7 years since I started blogging as well.
I actually remember the timing and the thought process. I had recently graduated from college and had just left everything and everyone I knew back east and drove 2,000+ miles by myself out to California. I had been living in Los Angeles for about three months and thought the new chapter in my life was a good time to start doing something new.
In other words, I was bored.
I recall debating setting up the blog for a couple of weeks. On one hand I was worried it would look lame to friends back home — “blog” seemed to be something of a derogatory term at the time (at least in the circles I hung out in). More importantly, I was sure I would have nothing to talk about. Certainly nothing that mattered. For several months, that was very much the case.
Bonus tweets from the GOP response, and I (briefly) hopped aboard the Herman Cain train.
In Texas, some women’s health clinics such as Planned Parenthood are no longer approved to provide services for thousands of women. (Photo/Getty Images)
Starting today, low-income women in Texas enrolled in the state’s Women’s Health Program cannot use Planned Parenthood clinics for medical care. Under a new law passed by the Texas legislature, any clinic which may have ties to abortion services or providers is excluded from the network of state-approved clinics, even if by law these centers do not use government money for these services. Texas lawmakers also cut 70 million dollars in women’s health care funding last year during budget reductions.
“This is politics, but do they really know what is happening to women and their families?” says Lucy Félix, who works in the Rio Grande as coordinator of the Texas Latina Advocacy Network.