Century Marks

Century Marks

Calmed down

An elementary school in Baltimore is sending children who misbehave to a Mindful Moment Room. In a room with lamps, decorations, and plush pillows, the students are encouraged to use breathing and meditation practices and to talk through the incident that got them sent to the room. There were no suspensions at the school last year. A nearby high school used the same approach to discipline problems and saw a decline in suspensions and an increase in attendance rates (Upworthy.com, September 22).

Identity crisis

In an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, economist Paul Krugman said that support for Donald Trump is about race, not economics. “A fairly large fraction of Americans . . . don’t like the fact that we’re becoming a multiracial, multicultural country.” Does the multicultural reality eat into their economic opportunity? “It eats into their identity,” replied Krugman. “It’s really not about economics” (Raw Story, September 15).

Sad choice

A child in Belgium with an incurable disease asked for euthanasia. His wish was granted. The identity and age of the child have not been disclosed. Belgium legalized euthanasia in 2002, and in 2014 the law was changed to allow those under 18 to be euthanized, provided they understand what euthanasia is, they have the consent of parents or guardians, and death is presumed imminent. Belgium is the only country that allows euthanasia for children of any age (CNN, September 17).

Read this text

Nearly 50 years ago, archaeologists found a charred and un­readable ancient scroll in a synagogue near the Dead Sea. Thanks to “virtual unwrapping,” a new technology developed at the University of Kentucky, the text is now readable. It is a fragment from the book of Leviticus that is identical to the Masoretic text of the Hebrew Bible, the authoritative version often used to translate the Old Testament in Protestant Bibles (New York Times, September 21).

Missing debate

In this presidential campaign, the media seem most interested in asking who supported “which war when” than in asking the candidates their positions on the use of military intervention in a post-9/11 world. Author David Graham says that “Clinton and Trump both came to the same conclusions about hitting Baghdad and Tripoli: the wars would be short, good for America, and good for the world. In both cases, they were wrong.” (Atlantic, September 16).