It may sound naïve, but it’s a good question, and one to which historians, sociologists and philosophers need to put their mind.
A professor argues that it broadens our understanding of the present.
"Textbooks are so badly written. They're boring!"
Alexis de Tocqueville offers some insight.
Kaepernick is exercising more than his right to free speech.
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 observations were made nearly a century ago. Are they still relevant solutions for today’s educational woes?
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?
Time for a new model?
Is it possible that we’ve taken parenting to an extreme that is hurting both adults and children?
Philosophers refer to versions of this concern as the ‘demandingness objection’. Its advocates claim that a moral theory that would ask so much.
John King is advocating for more civics education. But are his reasons for it flawed?
"When we no longer believe we need a president’s plan, candidates will stop offering them."
"We all, therefore, need the books that will correct the characteristic mistakes of our own period. And that means the old books."
Amazing what propaganda combined with a lack of knowledge can do...
Tacitus said it was a mark of a decadent society - have we reached that?
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.
"When we present man as an automaton of reflexes, as a mind-machine... we feed the nihilism to which modern man is, in any case, prone."
John Laurens, a young colonial officer from South Carolina, shared many letters of affection with Hamilton.
“I know that there are people who tell us contemptuously that always there are croakers who look always to the past...."
Everywhere Western man longs for Constantinople and nowhere has he any idea how to find her.
Donald Trump’s call for a wall on America’s southern border is part of a global trend.
I have a problem. I don’t know whom to vote for this year.
It was highly effective—and looked nothing like today’s campus protests.
The impression that American Indians were guided by a unique environmental ethic goes way back. But is it accurate?
There are lots of memes out there saying he did. But does the quote hold up under scrutiny?
Today marks the 445th anniversary of Christendom’s pivotal victory over the Ottoman Empire.
In ninth grade, a young Vladimir Putin walked to the local KGB office and asked how he could join.