Daniel Lattier

Daniel Lattier

Senior Fellow

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Dan is a Senior Fellow at Intellectual Takeout. He received his B.A. in Philosophy and Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas (MN), and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. You can find his academic work at Academia.edu.

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A Little-Known Statistic about America's Education System

By now you’ve most likely heard that America’s education system outspends all but a few countries in the world, while at the same time our students’ proficiency in reading and math has flatlined. What you probably haven’t heard is that since 1939...

To Mow or Not to Mow?

There was a hubbub in the Washington Post a while back over an Ohio woman’s refusal to mow her lawn. In defiance of her town’s ordinance, Sarah Baker let her lawn of nearly one acre go. Her arguments for neglecting to mow include the desire to...

Is Our Education System Putting Our Country At Risk?

Below is the opening statement of “A Nation at Risk,” a 1983 document from Ronald Reagan’s National Commission on Excellence in Education that warned of the urgent need to right the ship of the American education system: “Our Nation is at risk....

Check Out David Foster Wallace's Course Syllabus

With the July 31 release of the biopic The End of the Tour, the late author David Foster Wallace is once again in the news. Wallace is best known for his 1996 novel Infinite Jest, which Time named one of the 100 best English-language novels written...

Is It Okay to Bribe Your Kids?

One of the “joys” of parenting is struggling to get your children to perform required tasks. The most difficult struggles usually involve getting them to do chores and homework.   Sometimes, after initial pleas and threats have been...

Wendell Berry's Unsettling Description of Modern Life

“Man is a political animal.” Chances are that you’ve come across this line from Aristotle. You’ve also probably encountered the John Donne line that “No man is an island entire of itself.” And you may have heard them used to justify our life in...

I’m Tired of Celebrating “Teachers”

The latest Key & Peele sketch “TeachingCenter” is still going viral. It’s a spoof of SportsCenter that imagines a world where we put as much time, energy, and money into honoring teachers as we do athletes. In case you haven’t seen it, here it...

Walter Palmer: Scapegoat?

Many people are confused why more vitriol is being directed toward Walter Palmer, the killer of Cecil the Lion, than toward Planned Parenthood after another undercover video of their actions was released. Many assume it is because the...

Mythbusters Star Argues That Schools Should Bring Back Shop Class

With the growth of standardized testing in recent decades, America’s education system has increasingly removed classes in the visual, performing, and mechanical arts. In the latter category, the iconic shop class of America’s educational past is now...

A Haunting Line About How Civilizations Fall

  Below is the oft-quoted line from Will Durant, which appears in the Epilogue to volume 3 of his Story of Civilization. You may remember it from the beginning of Mel Gibson’s film Apocalypto.   Here’s the context of the...

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