- The Washington Times - Monday, May 1, 2000

Bakker revolution

"More than a decade has passed since the demise of Jim and Tammy Bakker's gospel dynasty. But their tattooed, pierced 24-year-old son now has his own ministry, appropriately named Revolution. Christian punk and hard-rock concerts? Skateboarding shows? Goths who look like your basic Marilyn Manson crowd? That's Revolution and it's not for everyone. The ministry is attracting droves of Goths, punks and modern-day hippies who are open to Jesus, but turned off by traditional Christianity… .

" 'These kids know a fake a mile away,' [he says.] 'You have to be real with them. I have to be honest about my struggles, or they will never know it is normal to struggle.' "

Mary Hutchinson in "Tattooed for God" in the May issue of Charisma magazine

'Flexible' math

"Educators who support the new math say that old-fashioned teaching through memorization and rules produced generations of people who hated math and never deeply understood it. Indeed … the 1989 standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics urges teachers not to demand too much accuracy too early. After all, the standards say, students will have access to calculators and computers. Math should be 'flexible,' the standards say, and 'reasonable' answers should be valued over a single right answer… .

"Lucy West, the director of mathematics at Manhattan's District 2, where the new math has been most aggressively adopted, said that old-fashioned math had been oversold. 'There is a misconception that in the good old days everybody could add and subtract, multiply and divide really easily and efficiently,' she said.

"But professional mathematicians say the [new math] activists have set up a false dichotomy between conceptual understanding and basic skills. Parents … tell stories of their children coming home confused and dispirited… . And tutoring services say that they are seeing an epidemic of children coming to them for basic math instruction."

Anemona Hartocollis, writing on "The New, Flexible Math Meets Parental Rebellion," in Thursday's New York Times

Prison state

"Let's begin with the big lie that Elian Gonzalez was separated from his father by his Cuban-American relatives living in Miami, and that father and son were reunited by Janet Reno's INS storm troopers. (What else can you call them, given their pre-dawn assault on a private home to snatch a child who was not a hostage, at gunpoint?)

"The entire premise of the Elian drama that the Miami relatives have kept the boy from his father is false. Elian was separated from his father not by Lazaro Gonzalez and company, but by Fidel Castro: the world's longest surviving and most sadistic dictator, a man who has murdered and tortured personal friends and close political allies, reduced his people to a state of abject poverty in which all children just a year older than Elian are denied milk by government decree, and made the entire nation an island prison.

"There has not been a single day in the four months and two weeks of separation that Juan Miguel Gonzalez could not have been reunited with his son in Miami… .

"It boggles the mind that Juan Miguel Gonzalez would arrive in the United States only to sit tight in an embassy house in Maryland rather than travel the short trip to Miami to visit his son.

"But Juan Miguel is not a free man. He is a prisoner of Castro. It is the sadistic Castro who kept the father from seeing his son."

David Horowitz, writing on "Shame on Janet Reno," Tuesday in the on-line magazine Salon at www.salon.com

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