It is a truism that women are attracted to confident men. Well I, for one, have always been attracted to confident women. My life partner of twelve years is a successful entrepreneur who cofounded her own business sixteen years ago. As Margaret Wente writes in this Saturday's Globe and Mail, however, women tend to be less confident than men. And despite the gains of feminism, popular culture still by and large likes its damsels to be in distress, awaiting rescue from their dashing male heroes.
The idea that First Nations should control First Nations education seems to make a lot of sense, especially given certain historical considerations, and it may in fact be a step in the right direction. But could we take the logic of devolving control a few steps further? In my latest Québécois Libre article, "Individual Control of Individual Education," I argue that we could do a much better job of educating our kids by handing the reins over to them and their parents.
10) … I'm usually stuck choosing between the lesser of two evils, not the greater of two goods.
9) … I try to vote out the party that expresses the most intolerance of my fellow human beings and their choice of headgear.
8) … I vote against the candidate I know to be a shallow blowhard, and for one whom I only suspect of being a shallow blowhard.
Besides not believing anything you read on this day of pranks and hoaxes, what can you do to avoid being taken in by people who play fast and loose with facts and arguments? How can you reliably separate truth from falsehood, reality from illusion? There are of course many useful techniques for thinking logically and spotting verbal snake oil. But the most important thing to do when you're not sure what to believe is not to believe anything—that is, to suspend judgment and admit you don't know.
Who Writes This
Bradley Doucet is a Montreal writer and the English Editor of Le Québécois Libre.
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