History

Students Want Prof Fired for Questioning 'Diversity'

Some 60 students at Providence marched on the college president’s office in response to a scholar's essay critical of the politics of diversity.

Is Affirmative Action the New Noblesse Oblige?

The idea of bestowing benefits to underprivileged classes goes way back. 

Historian Predicted the Internet Would Lead to Isolation and Chaos

'The contents of the Internet were the same old items in multiplied confusion.'

Three Cheers for the Industrial Revolution–and the Fossil Fuels that Drove it

The Industrial Revolution, and the fossil fuels that powered it, contributed to the liberation of humankind.

Prof: Most Students Don’t Know Thomas Jefferson was President

Prof: Most Students Don’t Know Thomas Jefferson was President

Is it possible that the next generation is on the verge of accepting today’s political opinions as historical fact?

Why Our Culture is So Fascinated by Monsters

Fear is fashionable. Terror is trendy. Monsters are mainstream. Why?

Don’t Culturally Appropriate Halloween—It’s Mine

Not just anyone is allowed to participate in Halloween.

The First Known Depiction of a Witch on a Broomstick

The "broom was a symbol of female domesticity, yet the broom was also phallic, so riding on one was a symbol of female sexuality."

Do Americans Even Care about Freedom Anymore?

Think about the chief slogans for Campaign 2016, and then think back to the American founding. Something is missing.

Is it Time to Stop Running Our Schools Like Factories?

Since the 19th century, the United States has adopted what is known as ‘the Prussian model.’

Why Did the Sexual Revolution Happen?

It may sound naïve, but it’s a good question, and one to which historians, sociologists and philosophers need to put their mind. 

A Culturally Literate Person Knows the Bible

A professor argues that it broadens our understanding of the present.

The Best Way to Teach Kids to Hate History? Rely Only on Textbooks

"Textbooks are so badly written. They're boring!"

Why Most People Today Are Acting Rather Than Thinking

Alexis de Tocqueville offers some insight.

‘Sweet Land of Liberty’: Colin Kaepernick and Freedom of Speech

‘Sweet Land of Liberty’: Colin Kaepernick and Freedom of Speech

Kaepernick is exercising more than his right to free speech.

The Greatest Generation? What Malarkey!

America’s so-called Greatest Generation is great only in comparison to the rubbish that followed them, which frankly and literally they begat.

Booker T. Washington’s 3 Tips for Today’s Schools

Booker T. Washington’s observations were made nearly a century ago. Are they still relevant solutions for today’s educational woes?  

Lost in translation: five common English phrases you may be using incorrectly

Lost in translation: five common English phrases you may be using incorrectly

Can we be said to be using a phrase incorrectly if it has assumed a new meaning by being repeatedly used in a certain way?

Psychologist: What Happened to Common-Sense Parenting?

Is it possible that we’ve taken parenting to an extreme that is hurting both adults and children?

Being Moral Means You Can Never Do Enough

Being Moral Means You Can Never Do Enough

Philosophers refer to versions of this concern as the ‘demandingness objection’. Its advocates claim that a moral theory that would ask so much.

What’s Wrong with Civics Education Today (When It Actually Happens)

John King is advocating for more civics education. But are his reasons for it flawed?

We the People Don't Need a President's Plan

"When we no longer believe we need a president’s plan, candidates will stop offering them."

C.S. Lewis: 3 Reasons Why Students Should Read Old Books

"We all, therefore, need the books that will correct the characteristic mistakes of our own period. And that means the old books."

Americans are Embracing Bad Government Because They Don’t Know History

Amazing what propaganda combined with a lack of knowledge can do...

When Virtue Becomes a Death Warrant

Tacitus said it was a mark of a decadent society - have we reached that?

Is the UN Sweeping Israel’s History Under the Rug?

Israel and the UN have not been what one could call “chummy” in recent history. And they’re not likely to grow any closer after today, either.

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