A photograph of a Catholic school in Aleppo, Syria in Ottoman times. This was the College of the Holy Land in Aleppo. That is St. Anthony's statue in the center. The Ottoman sultan/caliph was a financial supporter of the school. The sultan's "tughra" (stylized signature) can be seen in the foreground of the picture. The school was run by the ever present Franciscans. In the background on an escutcheon you can see the insignia of the Order of the Holy Sepulcher, another supporter of the school. pl
I was out of town yesterday on the Cedar Creek battlefield with Harper and Mrs. Harper. I need a rest from all that hard fighting. We also went to Crabill's meats in Toms Brook and returned with a cooler of goodies. The Crabill in Charge told me that they now have a contract to supply meat products to some of the WholeFoods stores in our region, so quality should go up. pl http://crabills.com/
Lots of interesting things out there today that I don't want to write on; Lance Armstrong's fate, Neil Armstrong's departure for the Western Isles, Jeff Stein's story in the Washington Post Magazine. pl
The National Merit Scholar Program is pure meritocracy in action. Once upon a time I was a semi-finalist in this countrywide contest. Once a young person scores high enough on the tests in this competitive program to be named a semi-finalist, then the essential criterion for award of moneys becomes need. This is an excellent process by any measure for judgment.
Semi-finalists who do not receive significant funding in this program are the targets for scholarship money and management training programs from all across the great world that waits beyond high school graduation.
It is interesting to compare the number of semi-finalists in this article who are from very expensive private schools to the number of those who, for example, attend Thomas Jefferson High School in Northern Virginia. This is a public school. pl