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The American Republic and the Long Shadow of Rome

The American Republic and the Long Shadow of Rome

The Founders looked to the Roman Republic as a model for what they should be and to the Roman Empire as what they feared might come.

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?

Nikola Tesla: 5 Things Most People Don't Know About Him

Nikola Tesla: 5 Things Most People Don't Know About Him

Tesla passed away in 1943, but his legend continues to grow. 

Prof: Today’s Students and Professors ‘Know Hardly Anything about Anything at All’
Jan Bloch: The man who prophesied World War I

Jan Bloch: The man who prophesied World War I

Meet the prophet who predicted with uncanny precision how the Great War would unfold--a decade and a half before it happened.

Solzhenitsyn: ‘The next war may well bury Western civilization forever’
The (Chilling) Reason Slaves Didn’t Revolt More Often

The (Chilling) Reason Slaves Didn’t Revolt More Often

A historian explains how ‘hellish’ punishments were designed to terrorize and encourage docility. 

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. 

Are we living in Mill's ‘Stationary State’?

Are we living in Mill's ‘Stationary State’?

For John Stuart Mill, the endgame of progress was neither utopian nor dystopian. 

California Overhauls its K-12 History Curricula
Thomas Jefferson could teach Trump about American Greatness

Thomas Jefferson could teach Trump about American Greatness

Trump is overlooking a key component of American greatness, but Thomas Jefferson had it right from the start.

Are we witnessing the birth of a Revolution?

Are we witnessing the birth of a Revolution?

A historian explains the key markings of revolution. It’s a description worth reading. 

Award-Winning Teacher: 8 Problems Plaguing Children

Award-Winning Teacher: 8 Problems Plaguing Children

The children I teach are indifferent to the adult world.

Teacher: Public Schools Can’t Support Gifted Students

Teacher: Public Schools Can’t Support Gifted Students

Have we brought public education down to such a low shelf that average students are now "gifted"?

Mark Twain’s Top 5 Tips for Living a Kick-Ass Life

Mark Twain’s Top 5 Tips for Living a Kick-Ass Life

Here are five Mark Twain inspired tips for living a better life.

What Stalin’s Great Terror can tell us about Russia today

What Stalin’s Great Terror can tell us about Russia today

What drove Stalin to commit atrocities on such a grand scale? Lust for power? Blood thirst? Or an emotion even more primal?

Book Learning Is Not Enough

Book Learning Is Not Enough

Experience is also an important teacher.

Boys Today Aren’t Getting Enough Time Around Men

Boys Today Aren’t Getting Enough Time Around Men

Is it any wonder that there's a lack of good men? 

Calvin Coolidge’s Immigration Policy: Relevant Today?

Calvin Coolidge’s Immigration Policy: Relevant Today?

Does he offer some clarity in the emotional immigration debate we find ourselves in?

Is Social Media Tearing Us Apart?

Is Social Media Tearing Us Apart?

It’s not 1968, but it sure feels like it is. Is social media to blame?

What the ancient Greeks would have thought of Donald Trump

What the ancient Greeks would have thought of Donald Trump

Trump’s behavior and appearance would be viewed as indicating a severe excess of yellow bile – a terrible imbalance of humor.

Teacher: Students Crave Ethics Instruction

Teacher: Students Crave Ethics Instruction

High school English teacher Paul Barnwell made two interesting observations yesterday.

Welcome to the Chaos Stage of our Decline

Welcome to the Chaos Stage of our Decline

Societal breakdown, insecurity, and the rise of the police state.

History Quiz: Kings of Medieval England

History Quiz: Kings of Medieval England

Think you know medieval history? Try our quiz on English kings from Medievalists.net.

Brutal Reviews of Shakespeare from the 1600s

Brutal Reviews of Shakespeare from the 1600s

These reviews of 'Romeo and Juliet,' 'A Midsummer Night's Dream,' and 'Hamlet' are not kind.

Students Today: Minds without ‘Furniture’

Students Today: Minds without ‘Furniture’

Don't expect them to answer basic questions about their own civilization. 

Is Capitalism Good for the Poor?

Is Capitalism Good for the Poor?

For most of human history, we lived in a world of a few haves and lots of have-nots.

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