Helpful. “Perhaps we don’t have to rush our children into adult-organized, age-segregated after-school activities. [Psychologist Peter Gray’s] larger point about the need to break down traditional school structures and to stop focusing on test scores also deserves attention, especially when he correctly points out the holes in the current dogma – Gray is talking to you, President Obama — about how Chinese and other Asian students do so much better than American kids on standardized tests. Did you know that those societies are suffering from the limitations of their supposed success?”

(J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press) (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

Unhelpful. “[Mika] Brzezinski Challenges Scarborough: ‘Are You Saying Ted Cruz Loves This Country?’ ”

Helpful. “Former Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton predicts national security will  become a central theme of the 2016 presidential race if Hillary Clinton is a  candidate, because if she runs she’s putting her tenure as secretary of state  ‘on the table’ for scrutiny. ‘Look, her main, perhaps her only real qualification to be president is that she served four years as Secretary of State. So if she runs she is putting that record on the table. This is not opposition research. This is the basis for her  very campaign.”

Unhelpful. The shutdown unfortunately has been a major distraction. “Chuck Todd roasts Obamacare Website: ‘Unbelievable’ They ‘Blew It This Badly.’ ”

Helpful. Maybe if Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and his ilk realize they are out of step even with conservative constituents they will knock it off. “56 percent of Utahns disagreed it was worth shutting down the government . . . just 37 percent agreed.” That is Utah, folks.

Unhelpful. Just because you can make a logical argument for something doesn’t mean you should try it. “Evict Obama’s mother-in-law from [the] White House.”

Helpful. Let’s keep in mind that default is a threat by unserious people, not an option, and hence, not a bargaining chip. “Anyone who remembers the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc. little more than five years ago knows what a global financial disaster is. A U.S. government default . . . will be an economical calamity like none the world has ever seen.”