Literature

Why Modern Education is Doomed to Die

Why Modern Education is Doomed to Die

The relativism among those who teach the humanities places a cognitive abyss between the subjects being taught and the people teaching them.

Pew: 1 in 4 Americans Didn’t Read a Book Last Year

Pew: 1 in 4 Americans Didn’t Read a Book Last Year

If Americans continue to avoid reading, will our nation be filled with people ill-equipped and unprepared to lead the next generation?

Stop Dumbing Down Books for Teens

Stop Dumbing Down Books for Teens

If they can't be challenged by reading, how are they supposed to tackle tough questions in life? 

Can You Pass This Expansive Classics Quiz And Prove Your Mastery Of Literature?

Can You Pass This Expansive Classics Quiz And Prove Your Mastery Of Literature?

From Homer to Tolkien, test your knowledge on literary classics new and old!

9th Grade Reading Lists: 1922 vs. Today

9th Grade Reading Lists: 1922 vs. Today

Have you ever thought that high school graduates today… well, just don’t seem to know or understand as much as they once did?

UK Report: One in Four Adults 'Struggle to Read Bus Timetable'

UK Report: One in Four Adults 'Struggle to Read Bus Timetable'

A new government report reveals that literacy and numeracy are plummeting in the land that gave us Shakespeare, Milton, and Austen.

A Recommended Reading List – from C.S. Lewis

A Recommended Reading List – from C.S. Lewis

A reading program for those interested in preserving Western tradition.

What Makes a Sentence a Masterpiece?

What Makes a Sentence a Masterpiece?

Is it simplicity or style?

How Dostoevsky predicted Trump's America

How Dostoevsky predicted Trump's America

The writer warned about the destructive force of demagoguery and unchecked rhetoric.

Are We Pushing Kids to Read Too Early?

Are We Pushing Kids to Read Too Early?

Giving children time to explore and learn to read on their own timetable may set them on a path to greater understanding and maturity.

Why the Hell Do People Read Celebrity Self-Help Books?

Why the Hell Do People Read Celebrity Self-Help Books?

If you're seeking self improvement, there might be better places to look than Lindsay Lohan's new book.  

Children Should be Encouraged to Read Fantasy Fiction

Children Should be Encouraged to Read Fantasy Fiction

Fantasy fiction is often pooh-poohed by academics and intellectuals, but it can whet the appetite for learning.

Fail U.: The False Promise of Higher Education

Fail U.: The False Promise of Higher Education

Charles Sykes, a senior fellow at the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute,  says institutions of higher learning are coming apart.

Were Cavemen more civilized than Millennials?
Princeton HR Scrubs Word ‘Man’ From Lexicon

Princeton HR Scrubs Word ‘Man’ From Lexicon

A four-page memo shows how the college aims to create a more inclusive environment.

Montaigne’s Tip on How to Read Books Effectively

Montaigne’s Tip on How to Read Books Effectively

The French thinker encountered difficulties while reading, too.

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.

'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.

Teacher: Embrace Books, Ditch Technology

Teacher: Embrace Books, Ditch Technology

Our classrooms should be places where we push back against technology, against a life largely circumscribed by screens.

Prof: Today’s Students and Professors ‘Know Hardly Anything about Anything at All’
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. 

My Meeting with Solzhenitsyn

My Meeting with Solzhenitsyn

Writer Joseph Pearce interviewed the Nobel Prize-winning writer before his death. 

Are We Living in T.S. Eliot’s ‘Waste Land’?

Are We Living in T.S. Eliot’s ‘Waste Land’?

The poem presents a panoply of characters, all as vain as they are vacuous. Empty heads and empty hearts leading empty lives. 

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. 

Report: What Today's High School Seniors Are Reading

Report: What Today's High School Seniors Are Reading

The report was based on data from 9.8 million students.

Quiz: Name The Famous Book By The Secondary Character

Quiz: Name The Famous Book By The Secondary Character

How well do you know literature? 

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.

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