Welcome to the 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll for February. What's a good remedy for a cold February night? How about a warm and romantic Valentine's Day dinner? Speaking of love, 2012 is a Leap Year which occurs in years that are divisible by four to compensate for the fact that 365 days is a little bit shorter than a solar year. Leap Day, February 29th also known as Sadie Hawkins Day, is said to allow marriage-minded ladies to take matters into their own hands if their men are afflicted by a disease known as "cold feet."
President's Day also falls in February. It had always been two national holidays, Lincoln's birthday (Feb. 12) and Washington's birthday (Feb. 22). Not anymore. With our nation craving unity and direction, are there any better examples of devotion to country and exemplary leadership than George Washington and Abraham Lincoln? I think we may know your response, so off we go for some actual answers to this month's poll...
Twenty-four percent of Americans believe that it is okay for teachers to use Facebook or Twitter to interact with students as long as their behavior is appropriate. Twenty-seven percent think that it's all right if they are using it for academic reasons only. However 45 percent of Americans say flatly that teachers shouldn't do it. As young Americans become increasingly immersed in their technological devices and their applications, perhaps this is an opportunity for a teachable moment.
Namely, that while advances in technology are a good thing, learning to have extended face-to-face conversations looking real people in the eye is an even better thing.