History

9 Surprising Quotes on Welfare Reform

9 Surprising Quotes on Welfare Reform

President Clinton had some strong words for the welfare system... as did these eight other men.

10 Strangest Deaths of Roman Emperors

10 Strangest Deaths of Roman Emperors

Vespasian's last words: 'Oh dear, I think I'm becoming a god.'

Were Cavemen more civilized than Millennials?
6 Forgotten Tips from America’s Oldest Public School

6 Forgotten Tips from America’s Oldest Public School

Would the practices of the Boston Latin School help restore order and rigor to today’s classrooms?

When Pinball was a 'Menace to Society' in America

When Pinball was a 'Menace to Society' in America

For much of the twentieth century, political leaders and moralists vilified pinball machines as gateways to gambling and excess.

250-Year-Old Pamphlet Offers Clue on Fixing Education

250-Year-Old Pamphlet Offers Clue on Fixing Education

Ben Franklin read this work and approved of the idea.

When Fewer Men Farm, A Civilization Dies

When Fewer Men Farm, A Civilization Dies

Is America suffering from "the Punic Curse"?

Has Common Core Made Writing Worse?

Has Common Core Made Writing Worse?

Jay Mathews asserts that today’s Common Core writing standards bore students and discourage writing, and insists we must choose another way.

Universities Should Bring Back Military History

Universities Should Bring Back Military History

The U.S. military is everywhere, except history books.

'Romeo and Juliet' is not a Romance

'Romeo and Juliet' is not a Romance

We read this tragedy through the emotion-obsessed eyes of Romanticism, a movement that did not emerge until 200 years after the play was written. 

What happened when a Muslim student went to Cambridge in 1816

What happened when a Muslim student went to Cambridge in 1816

Mirza Salih was invited to Cambridge to help translate the Bible into Persian.

Stalin Erased His Enemies From History (Literally)

Stalin Erased His Enemies From History (Literally)

The Soviet Premier had a habit of erasing from history those who fell out of his favor. Here is a wonderful example. 

The American Republic and the Long Shadow of Rome

The American Republic and the Long Shadow of Rome

The Founders looked to the Roman Republic as a model for what they should be and to the Roman Empire as what they feared might come.

Can You Compete with an 1899 American Civics Student?

Can You Compete with an 1899 American Civics Student?

Are American schools no longer teaching basic civics?

Today’s graduates are missing this one ‘common’ thing

Today’s graduates are missing this one ‘common’ thing

Do American students need an injection of pure common sense?

Nikola Tesla: 5 Things Most People Don't Know About Him

Nikola Tesla: 5 Things Most People Don't Know About Him

Tesla passed away in 1943, but his legend continues to grow. 

Prof: Today’s Students and Professors ‘Know Hardly Anything about Anything at All’
Jan Bloch: The man who prophesied World War I

Jan Bloch: The man who prophesied World War I

Meet the prophet who predicted with uncanny precision how the Great War would unfold--a decade and a half before it happened.

Solzhenitsyn: ‘The next war may well bury Western civilization forever’
The (Chilling) Reason Slaves Didn’t Revolt More Often

The (Chilling) Reason Slaves Didn’t Revolt More Often

A historian explains how ‘hellish’ punishments were designed to terrorize and encourage docility. 

Is ‘devouring’ books a sign of superficiality in a reader?

Is ‘devouring’ books a sign of superficiality in a reader?

Two hundred years ago, describing someone as ‘devouring’ a book would have been an act of moral censure. 

Are we living in Mill's ‘Stationary State’?

Are we living in Mill's ‘Stationary State’?

For John Stuart Mill, the endgame of progress was neither utopian nor dystopian. 

California Overhauls its K-12 History Curricula
Thomas Jefferson could teach Trump about American Greatness

Thomas Jefferson could teach Trump about American Greatness

Trump is overlooking a key component of American greatness, but Thomas Jefferson had it right from the start.

Are we witnessing the birth of a Revolution?

Are we witnessing the birth of a Revolution?

A historian explains the key markings of revolution. It’s a description worth reading. 

Award-Winning Teacher: 8 Problems Plaguing Children

Award-Winning Teacher: 8 Problems Plaguing Children

The children I teach are indifferent to the adult world.

Teacher: Public Schools Can’t Support Gifted Students

Teacher: Public Schools Can’t Support Gifted Students

Have we brought public education down to such a low shelf that average students are now "gifted"?

Mark Twain’s Top 5 Tips for Living a Kick-Ass Life

Mark Twain’s Top 5 Tips for Living a Kick-Ass Life

Here are five Mark Twain inspired tips for living a better life.

Pages