[snip] Calls for “English first” are superfluous, judging from a survey of 815 Latino high school and college students in Chicago by Kim Potowski of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Potowski writes in Dialogo magazine, published by DePaul’s Center for Latino Research, “The longer respondents had been living in the U.S., the less Spanish they used with their siblings, friends, and overall. Despite high levels of Spanish proficiency and claims that they would teach Spanish to their children, respondents who actually had children reported low levels of Spanish use with them.”

[snip] “Many Catholic couples struggling with infertility naturally turn to the scriptures for solace,” writes Heidi Schlumpf in U.S. Catholic. “Maybe they shouldn’t.” Bible stories portray infertility as exclusively a woman’s problem and as a punishment from God. And as Sister Dianne Bergant of the Catholic Theological Union explains, in those long-ago days survival was the primary concern and many children died young. “So it was very important that women be fertile and have lots of children. That was a woman’s primary responsibility. . . . So drawing comparisons to biblical characters may not be helpful.”

[snip] Want to get an MBA with an emphasis on social and environmental stewardship? Leave town. When the magazine Business Ethics ranked MBA programs on social and environmental content, only two schools anywhere near Chicago ranked in the top 30: Notre Dame and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

[snip] What a real “compassionate conservative” might do. Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam write in the Weekly Standard, “The government could offer subsidies to those who provide child care in the home, and pension credits that reflect the economic value of years spent in household labor. Or again, Republicans might consider offering tuition credits for years spent rearing children, which could be exchanged for post-graduate or vocational education. These would be modeled on veterans’ benefits–and that would be entirely appropriate. Both military service and parenthood are crucial to the country’s long-term survival. It’s about time we recognize that fact.”