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Can You Compete with an 1899 American Civics Student?

Can You Compete with an 1899 American Civics Student?

Are American schools no longer teaching basic civics?

Today’s graduates are missing this one ‘common’ thing

Today’s graduates are missing this one ‘common’ thing

Do American students need an injection of pure common sense?

Why media should give the guy with the silly haircut a fair shake

Why media should give the guy with the silly haircut a fair shake

Donald Trump is no saint and he says rude things. But he and his supporters should be treated with more respect.

Professor: University Students Behave Like Infants

Professor: University Students Behave Like Infants

History professor Jonathan Zimmerman says college students need to grow up. Asking administrators to solve their every problem infantilizes them.

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.

Is Playing Powerball More Rational than Voting for President?

Is Playing Powerball More Rational than Voting for President?

At least with Powerball, if you do beat the odds, you end up benefiting financially.

Muslim in hijab should have had US flag-bearing honor at Olympic Games... says everyone on the internet except me

Muslim in hijab should have had US flag-bearing honor at Olympic Games... says everyone on the internet except me

People are upset that Michael Phelps was tapped to be the Team USA flag bearer.

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

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

An observation from a well-respected professor and author.

Olympic Athlete: ‘I was born to have babies’

Olympic Athlete: ‘I was born to have babies’

Does society have a problem accepting the idea that motherhood can be a fulfilling and non-shameful role for a woman?

Why watching people take selfies feels so awkward

Why watching people take selfies feels so awkward

Why do we so often feel compelled to ‘perform’ for an audience? 

Solzhenitsyn: ‘The next war may well bury Western civilization forever’

Solzhenitsyn: ‘The next war may well bury Western civilization forever’

Not your typical university commencement address.

Silence is Very Important for Our Brains

Silence is Very Important for Our Brains

Scientific research shows how different types of noise and silence affect the brain. 

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. 

Why is the swear 'c*nt' way more offensive than 'd*ck'?

Why is the swear 'c*nt' way more offensive than 'd*ck'?

Every child knows that words can hurt. But as we mature, shouldn’t mean words lose their power over us?

Are Schools Replacing Parents?

Are Schools Replacing Parents?

Are we encouraging parents not to fulfill their role in training their children because schools are doing it for them?  

California Overhauls its K-12 History Curricula

California Overhauls its K-12 History Curricula

Traditionalists will not be happy.

Is All Lives Matter a Hateful Message?

Is All Lives Matter a Hateful Message?

Richard Sherman says no, but a Texas student was suspended after firing off a Tweet that said All Lives Matter. 

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. 

Why cooking from scratch is still important

Why cooking from scratch is still important

Do we need to be more intentional in teaching our children the skills, knowledge, and wisdom they will need if convenience ever disappears?  

Central planners have a long history of controling birth

Central planners have a long history of controling birth

Controlling demographic trends goes with aspirations to control society.

Award-Winning Teacher: 8 Problems Plaguing Children

Award-Winning Teacher: 8 Problems Plaguing Children

The children I teach are indifferent to the adult world.

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.

Unlawful gun owners commit 80 percent of gun crimes

Unlawful gun owners commit 80 percent of gun crimes

The findings were published in the Washington Post. (And pretty much nowhere else.)

The Sokal Affair: Why can’t academics write clearly?

The Sokal Affair: Why can’t academics write clearly?

Twenty years after a famous hoax, has anything changed?

Princeton Prof: The 3 Pillars of a Decent Society

Princeton Prof: The 3 Pillars of a Decent Society

Can we even agree on these? 

Finding the Good in Suffering

Finding the Good in Suffering

'I asked for health that I might do greater things; I was given infirmity that I might do better things.'

What Quentin Tarantino can teach us about ... Theology?

What Quentin Tarantino can teach us about ... Theology?

Dark, violent, and vulgar, Mr. Tarantino’s movies are hardly the first thing one thinks of when looking to derive theological reflection. But ...

What Young America learned about Islam

What Young America learned about Islam

Read what the ambassador of Tripoli told John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.

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