The West

Western Civilization, Western Tradition, History of the West

THIS is why International Students Always Trounce Americans
Trump's credibility takes a hit as FBI finds no evidence of Obama 'wiretap'
Professor: Relativism Destroying Our Esteem for Education

Professor: Relativism Destroying Our Esteem for Education

A case for ditching relativism and returning to absolutes?

New Poll Shows a Frightening Percentage of Americans Can’t Name a Single Supreme Court Justice (See Graph)
Scholars Defend Free Speech from 'Dogmatism and Groupthink'

Scholars Defend Free Speech from 'Dogmatism and Groupthink'

Cornell West and Robbie P. George protest against close-mindedness and violence in the wake of the Middlebury College riot.

How Teaching Philosophy Can help Combat Extremism

How Teaching Philosophy Can help Combat Extremism

The current state of the world is undeniably complex and turbulent. Philosophy can give young people sustaining goals to hang on to in uncertain times.

Is California Intentionally Making Bad Schools Appear Good?

Is California Intentionally Making Bad Schools Appear Good?

California's new school grading system "grades on a curve and paints a far rosier picture in academics than past measurements."

When Euthanasia Becomes Murder

When Euthanasia Becomes Murder

“Legalizing euthanasia doesn’t empower you... It empowers doctors.”

Professor: The Reason College Students are ‘Helpless’ is…

Professor: The Reason College Students are ‘Helpless’ is…

Professor Lori Isbell weighs in on why her students need continual hand-holding to get through an assignment.

Study: Kids Relying on Google to Learn Basic Life Skills

Study: Kids Relying on Google to Learn Basic Life Skills

The Addis Housewares study found over half of mums just don't have the time to teach their kids domestic know-how.

New Republic Writer: Blue and Red States Should Go Their Own Ways

New Republic Writer: Blue and Red States Should Go Their Own Ways

"Dear Red-State Trump Voter: Let’s face it, guys: We’re done…."

Does Socialism Require a Dictator?

Does Socialism Require a Dictator?

The dilemma, Marx explains, is that even after the overthrow of the capitalist system, residues of the previous system would remain.

Hoop Earrings No Longer Politically Correct for White Girls

Hoop Earrings No Longer Politically Correct for White Girls

"White Girl, take off your hoop earrings!!!" was recently written on a free speech wall at Pitzer College.

The Alt Right's Intellectual Roots Go Way Back

The Alt Right's Intellectual Roots Go Way Back

Here is a prehistory of what we call the alt-right today.

Would Students Benefit From More Hands-On Learning?

Would Students Benefit From More Hands-On Learning?

Some schools are teaching beekeeping... and children are learning many many different skills in the process.

Legislation Would Reintroduce the Bible to Public Schools

Legislation Would Reintroduce the Bible to Public Schools

In removing the Bible from the classroom, did America cut off several generations from a main source of cultural literacy?

Why Lord of the Rings is NOT an Allegory (And Why it Very Much is)

Why Lord of the Rings is NOT an Allegory (And Why it Very Much is)

“It is neither allegorical nor topical,” Tolkien insists in the Foreword to the second edition of The Lord of the Rings.

Why Are Grooms Having to Hire A Best Man?

Why Are Grooms Having to Hire A Best Man?

Is it because of a decline in male friendships?

Husbands Are Not the Enemy

Husbands Are Not the Enemy

In our kneejerk compulsion to show effusive support for women we unfortunately have become correspondingly casual about culturally demonizing men.

Ash Wednesday Faux Pas: 'Professor, you’ve got dirt on your forehead.'

Ash Wednesday Faux Pas: 'Professor, you’ve got dirt on your forehead.'

“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” A quick introduction to Ash Wednesday so you don’t embarrass yourself like I did.

Two Branches of Government Are All We Have Left, Scholar Says

Two Branches of Government Are All We Have Left, Scholar Says

The days of three independent branches of government are long gone, says a former Harvard teacher. 

1 in 5 Can’t Name an Author, New Survey Finds

1 in 5 Can’t Name an Author, New Survey Finds

The decline of knowledge has progressed even more than we realize...
 

Immigration has become a ‘screaming match' thanks to media bias

Immigration has become a ‘screaming match' thanks to media bias

And important questions remain unaddressed, says a journalism expert.

How Historical Illiteracy Fuels Political Polarization

How Historical Illiteracy Fuels Political Polarization

Greater knowledge of the past would help improve America’s public discourse.

Retina Scans at Airports Have Arrived

Retina Scans at Airports Have Arrived

It happened without any change in the laws or regulations. 

Philosopher Roger Scruton on 'The Virtue of Irrelevance'

Philosopher Roger Scruton on 'The Virtue of Irrelevance'

According to Scruton, an education who truly respects a child will instill him with the values which have today become irrelevant.

Former Stanford Provost: ‘The Threat from Within’

Former Stanford Provost: ‘The Threat from Within’

John Etchemendy fears most the growing intellectual intolerance on college campuses.

Does America Still Believe in its Own Ideas?

Does America Still Believe in its Own Ideas?

"There was a time when the West knew what it was about. It did so because it thought about itself—often in freshman Western Civ classes."

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