This article in the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper appeared Thursday, November 15th in 2014.

Like some of the other articles I have reviewed, this article suffers from a disconnect between the interesting, humorous image at the top and the text of the article, which concerns allowing parents to home-school their children. As far as I know, Germany does not allow home-schooling.
In the curious image, you see a fox in a class of rabbits, being taught by a grown-up rabbit. On the blackboard, under the heading "My Favorite Meal," the fox has written "Roasted Rabbit." The irate teacher pinches the fox's nose as punishment.

I can only conclude that the editors at the Frankfurter Allgemeine wanted to pose a question: why must a fox sit in a classroom full of rabbits, his natural meal of choice? He can hardly keep his mind on his schoolwork, with all those tasty rabbits sitting around him. I bet Mama and Poppa Fox would love to get him out of there, before he tries to eat a classmate.


September 30, 2022

Rolexes and Wealth

I remember the day my eighth-grade teacher arrived at school wearing his new wrist-watch. We saw this guy for the 180 days of the school-year and knew him pretty well--as well as anyone did. We noticed that, among his other mannerisms, he tended to look often at the watch during class. We thought he was keen to know the time on a regular basis. Now, I believe he was just admiring his new watch.

September 28, 2022

Family-life is not a Democracy

I ran into a problem yesterday when I returned to Germany. On my first evening, I wanted to slake my thirst for German beer, big-time! So I ordered a liter-serving right off the bat; but I knew I also wanted some wine and ordered a carafe of it, as well. Shamefully, I have to admit to not finishing either. I slaked my thirst, but had to leave some of it undrunk. I hate wasting anything, but I had work to do and wanted to operate on all my cylinders.

September 24, 2022

Violence in the Real

This article appeared last July in the Sunday edition of the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper, by the newspaper's expert on hip-hop music, Florentin Schuhmacher. He regards gangsta-rap, and its sub-genre Drill, as a legitimate art-form. He can understand the reservations that law enforcement, parents, and teachers have toward music that glorifies gang-life, describes the rush of killing one's enemies, the pleasure of drugs—as a source of wealth—and demeaning women; but Schumacher also says the police cannot simply censor it. They must distinguish between art and criminal acts, shooings, and robberies.

Lloyd Bowers


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