Literature

C.S. Lewis’ Uncanny Foresight on the Decline of Education

C.S. Lewis’ Uncanny Foresight on the Decline of Education

"We may reasonably hope for the virtual abolition of education when I’m as good as you has fully had its way."

10 Ways to Avoid Picky Eater Syndrome

10 Ways to Avoid Picky Eater Syndrome

For many parents, the most traumatic family battles are fought at the very place which should be a place of harmony and connection: the dinner table.

10 Habits That Might Be Killing Your Child’s Interest in Reading

10 Habits That Might Be Killing Your Child’s Interest in Reading

1. Make sure you put a television set and a computer in every room. (Don’t forget the kitchen!)

Should Children Have Rights?

Should Children Have Rights?

Is there a way to give children rights without raising them to be ill-behaved little terrors?

A 1st-Century Roman Teacher on How to Raise a Genius

A 1st-Century Roman Teacher on How to Raise a Genius

Do we have a lot more "geniuses" in this country than we realize?

Why Death Today Has No Meaning

Why Death Today Has No Meaning

According to Tolstoy, death no longer has meaning for civilized man.

Edmund Burke on Manners

Edmund Burke on Manners

Have we come to believe that manners are bonds of affliction, rather than affection?

The Original Pinocchio Story was Cray Cray

The Original Pinocchio Story was Cray Cray

Collodi’s stories made those of the Brothers Grimm look Pollyannaish

 

Why French Parents Are Still the Boss of Their Kids

Why French Parents Are Still the Boss of Their Kids

"The symptoms were obvious. I cajoled. French parents did not cajole. I wheedled. French parents definitely did not wheedle."

A Guide to Dystopian Literature

A Guide to Dystopian Literature

For almost as long as I have had the privilege of reading, I have read dystopian literature.

The Reading Level of the 2016 Debates vs. the Lincoln-Douglas Debates

The Reading Level of the 2016 Debates vs. the Lincoln-Douglas Debates

Has the tendency toward an easier reading diet both in school and in everyday life dulled many people’s ability to process and understand important concepts?

The Reason Why Universities Don’t Give Their Students Challenging Texts

The Reason Why Universities Don’t Give Their Students Challenging Texts

By avoiding difficult texts in our colleges and universities, have we tossed out the opportunities to create many real “geniuses”?

Stanford Dean: 8 Basic Skills We’re Failing to Teach Young People

Stanford Dean: 8 Basic Skills We’re Failing to Teach Young People

The culture of coddling and protection which we have built is the culprit.

Chesterton: Newspapers are 'the hobbies of a few rich men'

Chesterton: Newspapers are 'the hobbies of a few rich men'

100 years ago, G.K. Chesterton wrote about the dangers of the press.

How Anne Sullivan Worked Her ‘Miracle’ with Helen Keller

How Anne Sullivan Worked Her ‘Miracle’ with Helen Keller

Take note, these 5 lessons still apply to us today.

C.S. Lewis on the Decline of Reasoning

C.S. Lewis on the Decline of Reasoning

Today the education system and news media fail to awaken this power of reasoning in most.

Huxley in Letter to Orwell: My Book Was Right

Huxley in Letter to Orwell: My Book Was Right

Aldous Huxley penned a letter to George Orwell in 1949 praising '1984,' but he let it be known which book he believed was more prophetic.

The Virtues of Book Ownership

The Virtues of Book Ownership

Some books need to be read, and reread, and reread ... 

Thomas Jefferson's Fiction Reading List

Thomas Jefferson's Fiction Reading List

The Sage of Monticello read much more than treatises on government.

Does Abandoning Community Lead to Inequality?

Does Abandoning Community Lead to Inequality?

Alexis de Tocqueville raised the connection between equality and community in his classic work Democracy in America.

Millicent, Zombies, and the Gullibility of Americans

Millicent, Zombies, and the Gullibility of Americans

The recent viral zombie prank has an interesting parallel to Americans' lack of knowledge.

7 Highly Profound Quotes from E.B. White

7 Highly Profound Quotes from E.B. White

He was much more than just 'Charlotte's Web'...

Ben Franklin’s 7 Steps to Financial Success
What the Poor Need the Most?

What the Poor Need the Most?

It goes against much of our modern thinking.

Do Kids Today Need More Hands-on Education?

Do Kids Today Need More Hands-on Education?

Has the education system overlooked one of the most effective ways to give students an academic boost?

4 Ways to Get Beyond Superficial Conversation

4 Ways to Get Beyond Superficial Conversation

It just might be easier than you think.

Education Today: An Inch Deep and a Mile Wide?

Education Today: An Inch Deep and a Mile Wide?

Today’s education system too often emphasizes quantity over quality.

Dostoyevsky’s Powerful Denunciation of Socialism

Dostoyevsky’s Powerful Denunciation of Socialism

In 'The Brothers Karamazov,' Dostoyevsky shares a potent parable that takes aim at materialism. 

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