Portland Diner Incident: They Were Both to Blame

Portland Diner Incident: They Were Both to Blame

By now, many of you have read about the incident. For many parents, it’s a worst nightmare scenario. A vacationing couple went out to breakfast at Marcy’s Diner in Portland, Maine, with their 2-year-old daughter. The 2-year-old began to scream, and didn’t stop.

But What About the Socialization?!?

But What About the Socialization?!?

Important social lessons can be learned at school. But families have a potential socializing advantage that schools don’t.

U.S. Department of Education: Parents Are Support Staff

U.S. Department of Education: Parents Are Support Staff

Perhaps society would be better off if the government stepped back and recognized that parents are the primary and best educators of their children?  

Should the U.S. Legalize Polygamy?

Should the U.S. Legalize Polygamy?

For the sake of both legal and intellectual consistency, should the U.S. legalize polygamy?

When Libertarianism and Relativism Collide

When Libertarianism and Relativism Collide

A question posed in one of our most popular Facebook posts:

A 200 Year-Old Warning about Education in America

A 200 Year-Old Warning about Education in America

Miller warned about the utopian view of education he saw developing. 

The Intellectual Storm Upon Us

The Intellectual Storm Upon Us

The storm may be upon us, but if we work the soil and plant the seeds today there will be hope for tomorrow.

Aquinas’ 16 Steps to Becoming an Intellectual

Aquinas’ 16 Steps to Becoming an Intellectual

If you want to grow as an intellectual, you need patience, you need silence, you need time for contemplation, and you need to be voracious in your love of learning.

The AFT Clinton Endorsement Just Keeps Getting Weirder

The AFT Clinton Endorsement Just Keeps Getting Weirder

It seems that the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) ignored a memo from Richard Trumka, President of AFL-CIO, when it endorsed Hillary Clinton for president earlier this week.  Trumka allegedly sent a memo to all leaders under AFL-CIO’s umbrella – which would have included Randi Weingarten, president of AFT – saying that endorsement for president should only happen at the AFL-CIO level.

Are Your Friends Really Your Friends?

Are Your Friends Really Your Friends?

To get by, we all need a little help from our friends.

But in an age too often marked by superficiality, we often think about whether those we now call “friends” are actually our friends who will be with us in both fair and stormy weather.

Sundays Are Disappearing from the Western World

Sundays Are Disappearing from the Western World

Perhaps some of you are old enough to remember Sundays when stores and restaurants were shuttered, and a deeper peace and quiet reigned.

What Families Are Missing By Not Reading Aloud

What Families Are Missing By Not Reading Aloud

Here are 3 benefits.

New York Times: Apprenticeships are a Path to the Middle Class

New York Times: Apprenticeships are a Path to the Middle Class

In the U.S., college is increasingly held up as the only way to a successful, middle class life. As a result, many students, parents, and teachers have been trained to avoid the idea of apprenticeship like the plague.

3 Simple Ways to Become a Better Reader

3 Simple Ways to Become a Better Reader

According to William Thayer, author of the 1893 book The Ethics of Success, there are three ways an individual can enhance his critical thinking and comprehension skills through reading.

3 Simple Criteria for Choosing Books

3 Simple Criteria for Choosing Books

Over the years, I’ve heard a number of teachers and parents say a variation of the following: “I don’t care what the child reads, just as long as he is reading!”

Home Education Inspires a Love of Learning

Home Education Inspires a Love of Learning

The one ingredient that makes the most difference in how well and how much children learn is parental involvement. Homeschooling is the ultimate in parental involvement.

Thomas Jefferson's Ridiculously Long List of Book Recommendations

Thomas Jefferson's Ridiculously Long List of Book Recommendations

Considering many Americans today can’t even explain why we celebrate the 4th of July, it’s somewhat awe-inspiring to see how the American Founders were able to have the knowledge and ability to declare independence, fight a grueling war, and then lay the groundwork for our nation to be built upon. How did they do it?

Greece (and the West) As It Used to Be

Greece (and the West) As It Used to Be

As the rest of the world watches Greece crumble under crippling debt, it might be worth looking at Greece as it used to be. 

The Revolution was in the minds and hearts...

The Revolution was in the minds and hearts...

On this 4th of July weekend, we can either yearn for what will not come back or we can begin putting our energy into forming new communities and institutions that can sustain the "intellectual and moral life" necessary for the next cultural revolution.

Half of Public School Parents Would Rather Enroll Their Child Elsewhere

Half of Public School Parents Would Rather Enroll Their Child Elsewhere

Do you agree with the majority of Americans that school funding should follow the child so that parents are able to send him or her to the school of their choice?

What Today's Supreme Court Ruling Could Mean For Schools

What Today's Supreme Court Ruling Could Mean For Schools

The SCOTUS ruling on same-sex marriage could impact religious schools.

What Does an Education System with “Tracks” Look Like?

What Does an Education System with “Tracks” Look Like?

The United States is increasingly criticized for having a “one-size-fits-all” public education system. In this system, students of varying abilities, talents, and desires are provided with a similar curriculum through high school and are prepared for the same goal of college.

Are Gifted and Talented Students Being Left Behind?

Are Gifted and Talented Students Being Left Behind?

In our efforts to get students caught up, are we squelching the abilities and interests of our best and brightest students?

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