Jared & Nathan started the Save Maxx Johnson campaign to convince Kim and me to move back to the east coast. Sorta like, Save Maxx Johnson from Casa Bonita, or Save Maxx Johnson from that mile-high altitude.
It’s working :)
*If “fine” means absolutely heartbreakingly adorable. Always**.
To define the divide in a sentence: In [conservative] America, families form adults; in [liberal] America, adults form families.
True, young people often make poor marital choices. But that, too, was usually all right. […] Even a flawed marriage was likely to be a stable one. Over time, the spouses would grow into their responsibilities.
That is what “families form adults” means. Many teenagers and young adults formed families before they reached maturity and then came to maturity precisely by shouldering family responsibilities.
The new paradigm prizes responsible childbearing and child-rearing far above the traditional linkage of sex, marriage, and procreation. Instead of emphasizing abstinence until marriage, it enjoins: Don’t form a family until after you have finished your education and are equipped for responsibility. In other words, adults form families. Family life marks the end of the transition to adulthood, not the beginning.
The major point of Gove’s article was to note that many precepts of linguistics, some of which had long been commonplace in lexicography, increasingly underlay the teaching of grammar. The National Council of Teachers of English had even endorsed five of them, and Gove quoted the list, which originally came from the 1952 volume English Language Arts:
The notion at the core of any mature morality is that of impartiality. If you are asked to justify your actions, and you say, “Because I wanted to,” this is just an expression of selfish desire. But explanations like “It was my turn” or “It’s my fair share” are potentially moral, because they imply that anyone else in the same situation could have done the same.