Literature

Which Greek Hero Are You?

Which Greek Hero Are You?

The Ancient Greeks had many heroes in their stories. Which hero are you?

America’s Decline of Knowledge: Where Will it Lead?

America’s Decline of Knowledge: Where Will it Lead?

Calvin Coolidge had something to say on that topic.

13 J.R.R. Tolkien Quotes that are Absolutely Wonderful
Literature Quiz: Popular Novels

Literature Quiz: Popular Novels

Prove how well-read you are by naming these books based on a one-sentence summary!

Studying Shakespeare Brings School 40% Jump in Test Scores

Studying Shakespeare Brings School 40% Jump in Test Scores

Despite the potential for limited understanding, the school started teaching and performing Shakespeare and the effects were remarkable.

Relativism and the Danger of Half-Digested Shakespeare

Relativism and the Danger of Half-Digested Shakespeare

Ideas have consequences, Shakespeare reminds us, and bad ideas have bad consequences.    

Jane Austen Vindicates the Rights of Women

Jane Austen Vindicates the Rights of Women

The new film 'Lady Susan' reveals the grapple for power and money in the 19th-century marriage market. 

Did Truman Capote Write ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’?

Did Truman Capote Write ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’?

The claim is a persistent one. Is there anything to it?

ACT: College Kids Can’t Discern Between Fact & Opinion

ACT: College Kids Can’t Discern Between Fact & Opinion

18% of college instructors rated their first-year students as well-prepared in the area of “distinguishing among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment.”

Oxford Scholar: 5 Problems with Today’s Education System

Oxford Scholar: 5 Problems with Today’s Education System

Is the biggest defect of today’s education system the fact that we have failed to teach children to learn and think for themselves?

C.S. Lewis’ 5 Writing Tips to a Child

C.S. Lewis’ 5 Writing Tips to a Child

With only 27% writing proficiency, perhaps today’s students would be wise to take Lewis’ advice to little Joan to heart.

UNC Offers Course on Right-Wing ‘Hate’

UNC Offers Course on Right-Wing ‘Hate’

The course is designed to ‘expose students to the nature of hate in American life...'

Teddy Roosevelt’s Reading List vs. Today’s Candidates

Teddy Roosevelt’s Reading List vs. Today’s Candidates

If Americans aren’t informing their minds by reading, should we be surprised when we get the candidates, laws, and culture that we do?

William F. Buckley Once Trolled Arthur Schlesinger Jr.

William F. Buckley Once Trolled Arthur Schlesinger Jr.

Buckley apparently was perturbed that Schlesinger didn't want to appear on Firing Line. 

Are Americans More Ignorant than We Realize?

Are Americans More Ignorant than We Realize?

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”

D-Day's Greatest Hero: Agent Garbo

D-Day's Greatest Hero: Agent Garbo

Double agent Juan Pujol García fooled Hitler in one of the great ruses of history. 

Why Can’t Employers Today Find Reliable Workers?
Yale Students Petition to ‘Abolish’ Major English Poets

Yale Students Petition to ‘Abolish’ Major English Poets

Are Shakespeare, Chaucer and company too white, male, and heterosexual for Yale’s student body?

The 'Everyone Gets a Trophy' Mentality is Out of Control

The 'Everyone Gets a Trophy' Mentality is Out of Control

The latest victim of this mindset is a high school honor student from Texas.

Salman Rushdie’s Surprising Advice to Schools Today

Salman Rushdie’s Surprising Advice to Schools Today

Hopefully the education system won't issue a fatwa over his comments...

Why Did Dante’s Inferno Have a Real-Life Saint in Hell?

Why Did Dante’s Inferno Have a Real-Life Saint in Hell?

The decision to use historic figures in his Divine Comedy could be the poem’s one great flaw.  

Helen Keller’s Reading Program Might Help Today’s Students

Helen Keller’s Reading Program Might Help Today’s Students

Since only 37% of American high schoolers can read, perhaps it's time we try some reading methods used by Helen's teacher, Anne Sullivan.

Chesterton’s Beautiful Nightmare

Chesterton’s Beautiful Nightmare

A fevered dream turned into a powerful novel.

How Books in the Home Impact Future Income

How Books in the Home Impact Future Income

Earnings increased by 21% for men who grew up in a household full of books.
 

What Tocqueville Would Think about Modern Job Jumping

What Tocqueville Would Think about Modern Job Jumping

Ever feel that Americans are increasingly on the go?

10 Provocative Quotes on Education from Ray Bradbury

10 Provocative Quotes on Education from Ray Bradbury

From the author of the prophetic book "Fahrenheit 451"

Bonhoeffer on the ‘Levelling Down’ of Society

Bonhoeffer on the ‘Levelling Down’ of Society

“We are witnessing the levelling down of all ranks of society...."

Healthy: Let Your Beliefs Be Challenged

Healthy: Let Your Beliefs Be Challenged

Being educated means tolerating tough questions about what you believe.

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