October 21, 2017

Despite Rigging the Sample, AP Poll Finds That Las Vegas Massacre Didn’t Change Gun Control Views

On Friday, Lisa Marie Pane and Emily Swanson at the Associated Press betrayed more than a little sadness that “The slaying of five dozen people in Las Vegas did little to change Americans’ opinions about gun laws.” This unfortunate (in their view) polling result was achieved despite a ridiculous weighting of the poll’s sample towards Democrats accompanied by a failure to identify the overall political outlooks (vs. party affiliations) of those who were sampled.


Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (102117)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

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Positivity: Five keys to Catholic education, according to Cardinal Versaldi

Filed under: Education,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Santiago, Chile:

Oct 19, 2017 / 12:04 am

Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi, Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, proposed last week five keys for pastoral education “to respond in depth to the current challenges of society.”

The cardinal participated in Chile’s Sixth National Congress on Catholic Education, Oct. 12-13, organized by the Chilean bishops’ conference and the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.

In his keynote address, Cardinal Versaldi explained that education “must be careful to avoid two extreme and opposite dangers: that of an educational program imposed on the student without respecting his autonomy and requirements; and an educational program that simply goes along with whatever the students ask for, or without any consideration for their personal growth.”

The cardinal then proposed five keys for education in Catholic schools:

  • Proclamation of the Christian lifeThe witness of charity
  • Ongoing formation of teachers
  • Working together with the Church
  • Providence as a guide