Category Archives: Education

The 10 Unanswerables

According to the Old Testament Moses descended from Mount Sinai with two stone tablets inscribed with 17 Commandments and although the adopted son of the pharoah was the only man in the crowd who could read, Yahweh deigned not to write in Egyptian, so there could have been a thousand commandments for all Moses or […]

The Love of Gladiators

My older brother’s school was a trolley ride away from our suburban house. Boston College High School excelled at sports and academics. I wanted to join my brother in the following class of 1970, except I won a full scholarship to Xaverian Brothers located only ten miles away from our exit on Route 128. The […]

THE FLIGHT OF HISTORY by Peter Nolan Smith

At Xaverian High School outside of Boston Brother Phelan taught history without any deviation from the path of the textbook. I was Brother Phelan’s # 1 student, since I had read the textbook from beginning to end during the first week of the semester. During class I stared out the window, thinking about my cheerleader […]

Brooklyn Tony ON MATH

Brooklyn Tony returns from school and says he got an F in arithmetic. “Why?” asks the father. The teacher asked ‘ How much is 2 x 3,’ I said “6,’” replies TONY. “But that’s right!” says his dad. “Yeah, but then she asked me ‘ How much is 3 x 2?’” “What’s the fucking difference […]

Pursuit of Higher Education UK

My sister-in-law regards me as a ne’er-do-well. Shes not far off the mark, I’ve led a prodigal’s life, while shes worked for the CIA under George Bush and led a an exemplary suburban life as a working mother and wife. My brother and she have raised two good kids. Smarter than me and this Spring […]