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Rob Jenkins

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ROB JENKINS: Why complain about taxes when they’re put to such good use?

How much does your family spend at Walmart each month? Two, three hundred dollars? Let’s call it $3000 a year, on average.

ROB JENKINS: Teacher evaluations and the law of unintended consequences

Apparently Democrats don’t have a monopoly on (presumably) well-intentioned measures that actually do long-lasting harm (see: War on Poverty, Obamacare).

ROB JENKINS: Trying to put grandparenthood into words

As a writer, I used to scoff at people who say, “There are no words.” Of course there are words. There are always words.

ROB JENKINS: Going to college still worth it, if you play it smart

The age-old notion that college is the doorway to a high-paying career has been taking it on the chin lately, as more and more young people ask, “Is it worth it?”

ROB JENKINS: Time for a grass-roots movement on term limits

With mid-term elections still more than eight months off, this column might be premature. Then again, I’m already hearing political ads on the radio, so maybe my timing isn’t so bad—especially since I hope to start a grass-roots movement.

ROB JENKINS: Semi-coherent ramblings of the perpetually snowed-bound

If this column seems a bit iffy, feel free to blame it on my lack of exercise.

ROB JENKINS: All 'income inequality' not created equal

Among the startling revelations that President Obama shared in last week’s State of the Union address was this gem: Some people make more money than others.

ROB JENKINS: Don't look for Falcons to win a Super Bowl anytime soon

As someone who rooted for the Atlanta Falcons through many, many years of mediocrity—entire decades when the hapless franchise couldn’t put together back-to-back winning seasons—I’ve been gratified to see the Birds achieve some degree of relevance over the past six seasons.

ROB JENKINS: Stupid things I have said, 2013 edition

Another year has passed, and ever the curmudgeon, I choose not to look cheerfully forward but to look back cringingly at some of the things I’ve written over the past 12 months that were, shall we say, less than smart.

ROB JENKINS: A brief glossary of modern teenage slang

Each era produces its own slang. Some terms demonstrate staying power and become part of the lexicon, while others are relegated to the dustbin of linguistic history.

ROB JENKINS: Recruiting in high school sports hurts students

Don’t tell me recruiting doesn’t happen in high school sports. I know for a fact it’s been part of the landscape for at least 20 years.

ROB JENKINS: How to eat out with small children

Our sophisticated, modern economy offers numerous options for those who wish to “eat out.” Unless, of course, you’re a parent with small children. Then there’s only one option: fast food.

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JENKINS: Memo to young males: It's time to man up

When I was growing up, the fastest way to get boys engaged in learning was to make it a competition between them and the girls. The girls usually won, but at least the boys competed.

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Rob Jenkins: A child's guide to getting your way

This column is not for adults. If you’re an adult, stop reading immediately.

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Rob Jenkins: Look beyond the hysteria to real root cause of violence

It’s time we address the real root cause of violence across cultures.

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JENKINS: Falling victim to the travel team fallacy

We encouraged our kids to play rec league sports and, later (of course), school sports, and we supported them in those activities. But travel teams were always out of the question, and they understand that even if they didn’t always like it.

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JENKINS: Summer assignments keep students under schools' thumb

Heaven protect us from crusading, do-gooder education types who believe they know more than parents and are hell-bent on controlling every moment of our kids' lives.

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Rob Jenkins: Finding common ground on the Common Core

One of those rare areas of agreement between left and right these days is over the Common Core, the new set of national standards for public schools.

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Rob Jenkins: How us 'old folks' killed off Facebook

According to a recent story in the UK Guardian, Facebook's meteoric rise may finally have leveled off.

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JENKINS: The difference between justice and 'social justice'

Far from being insignificant, the distinction between justice and social justice defines today's warring political ideologies. Conservatives believe that the highest form of justice is for each individual to be treated fairly and equally under the law. The left has no problem treating individuals unfairly as long as "historically oppressed" groups get theirs.

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Rob Jenkins: Some favorite things I've said about fathers

Tthere are few things I know more about than fatherhood.

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Rob Jenkins: The Bill of Rights, revised 2013 edition

Evidence has been mounting lately that the so-called "Bill of Rights" has become not only outdated and irrelevant but perhaps positively subversive.

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JENKINS: Some practical advice for the class of 2013

Congratulations -- you've just graduated from high school. Now what're you going to do? Besides go to Disney World. Or Panama City. Or wherever. What about after that?

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Rob Jenkins: Saying goodbye to another year of folding chairs and ballpark hotdogs

I've been thinking once again about the way we parents become enslaved to our kids' activities.

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Rob Jenkins: On Mother's Day, a tribute to my stepmom

Whenever I hear people use the term "red-headed step-child," I cringe. Maybe that's because I was one. Am one.

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Rob Jenkins: A family man's guide to gift-giving season

Gift-giving time is here again.

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Rob Jenkins: Hey, teacher, my HOA is bullying me again

The buzziest buzzword in education these days is "bullying."

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Rob Jenkins: Money management for married men

One of the best things you and your wife can do to ensure domestic tranquility is agree upon a budget.

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JENKINS: The AAU Effect is damaging college basketball

Next time you're watching a college basketball game, and supposedly "big-time" players are clanking the ball off the rim over and over again, remember that we mainly have the AAU culture to thank.

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Rob Jenkins: How did SACS wind up as the villain?

Blaming SACS for a system's poor performance is like blaming the Bar Association for a lawyer's misconduct.

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Rob Jenkins: Coming soon to a school near you: another ill-conceived educational fad

A growing trend in secondary education involves replacing traditional, face-to-face instruction with online classes.

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Rob Jenkins: Fat equity: The time is now

We hear a lot these days about equity -- gender equity, pay equity, income equity.

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Rob Jenkins: Bracketology for the poetically inclined -- or mathematically challenged

Welcome once again to mid-March, that time of year when even people who don't care about college basketball suddenly care about college basketball.

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Rob Jenkins: What the federal government can learn from household budgeters

In the week since sequestration-mandated budget cuts went into effect, I've gone out every morning to see if any bits of sky were lying in my yard.

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Rob Jenkins: Confessions of a Girl Scout cookie addict

At my house, the day Girl Scout Cookies arrive is kind of like a holiday.

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Rob Jenkins: How to be a guy: Finding a babysitter

As a husband, one of your responsibilities vis-a-vis dating involves finding a decent babysitter.

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Rob Jenkins: If Blank wants to take Falcons to L.A., let him

The response “Don’t let the door hit you on the way out” applies to professional football teams as well as to significant others.

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Rob Jenkins: Questions remain about Sandy Hook

It's clear from conflicting and incomplete news reports that we're not getting the whole truth about the Sandy Hook tragedy.

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Rob Jenkins: State militias easy answer to gun debate

In the rhetoric that followed the Newtown tragedy, the gun-control crowd repeatedly tipped its hand, offering clues as to where the "debate" is headed.

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Rob Jenkins: Observations on the college football season past

Allow me to share some of my observations on the college football season that just ended.

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Rob Jenkins: That frog in the boiling pot? It's us

We've all heard the old story about the frog who, if tossed into a pot of boiling water, will immediately jump out -- but if placed into cold water that is slowly brought to a boil will allow itself to be scalded to death.

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Rob Jenkins: Stupid things I have said, 2012 edition

As we bid farewell (and good riddance) to 2012, it's time once again for me to revisit some of the stupid things I've said in this space over the past calendar year.

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Rob Jenkins: Finding that old Christmas spirit

Here are four strategies to invoke the Christmas spirit.

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Rob Jenkins: In memoriam: Ernesto McCausland, journalist and filmmaker, 1961-2012

I first met Ernesto in August of 1978, when we were both 17 years old.

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Rob Jenkins: An exclusive interview with the author

You might not be surprised to learn that I have been given unprecedented access to the author of the hit new book, "Family Man: The Art of Surviving Domestic Tranquility."

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Rob Jenkins: Richt's character and record should silence the haters

Will the Mark Richt haters please shut up now? What more does the man have to do?

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Rob Jenkins: Thanks, Big Box Stores, for ruining Thanksgiving

Apparently FIBBS (the Federation of Intergalactic Big Box Stores) has decreed that this week, Friday will fall on Thursday.

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Rob Jenkins: How to be a guy: kitchen clean-up 101

If you wish to have a truly harmonious marriage, you're going to have to do some housework, including cleaning the kitchen.

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Rob Jenkins: What to do if your guy loses on Tuesday

The aftermath of a presidential election is never pretty.

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Rob Jenkins: Charter school debate comes down to turfism versus choice

If there's one point on which liberal teachers union activists and conservative school administrators agree, it's that the proposed charter school amendment would be bad for Georgia.