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Beverly Cleary on Why Today’s Kids Aren’t Free to Roam

Beverly Cleary on Why Today’s Kids Aren’t Free to Roam

The author of Ramona Quimby & Co. brings up a reason why free-range parenting might not work anymore.

The Shakespeare Forger Who Duped England

The Shakespeare Forger Who Duped England

On April Fools’ Day, a look back on one of the great deceptions in modern history. 

The Tarantino-like End of Richard the Lionheart

The Tarantino-like End of Richard the Lionheart

His fascinating and turbulent life included a bizarre and gruesome ending. 

5 Famous April Fools’ Jokes

5 Famous April Fools’ Jokes

Here are 5 of the best April Fools' jokes throughout history. 

This Mother Taught Her Children to Read at a 12th Grade Level in ONE Day!

This Mother Taught Her Children to Read at a 12th Grade Level in ONE Day!

Are we making reading harder than it really needs to be?

Why FDR was against Public Employee Unions

Why FDR was against Public Employee Unions

In the case Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, the Supreme Court announced a 4-4 vote on March 29, 2016. The tie was due to the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. For teachers unions around the country it was a great victory that would have likely not happened. FDR likely would have been disappointed.

Propaganda: Are Americans Being Taken In By It?

Propaganda: Are Americans Being Taken In By It?

They will be without the ability or tools to think through and analyze media messages.

Van Gogh’s Pain and Beauty

Van Gogh’s Pain and Beauty

On what would have been his 163rd birthday, a glimpse into the soul of the brilliant, tormented artist. ​

The Rosenberg Conviction – 65 Years Later (p.s. They Were Guilty)
Actor Jimmy Stewart Fought Bravely in WWII

Actor Jimmy Stewart Fought Bravely in WWII

Earlier this month marked the 75th anniversary of beloved actor Jimmy Stewart being drafted into military service for WWII.

8 Founding Father Quotes on Human Nature

8 Founding Father Quotes on Human Nature

A list of (sourced) quotes that reflect what America’s Founders thought about the nature of humanity.  

Reading Silently Used to be Considered WEIRD

Reading Silently Used to be Considered WEIRD

Nowadays, the norm when reading a book alone is to read it silently to oneself. Apparently, this practice was unusual in the ancient world.

Pius V vs. Francis: A Tale of Two Popes

Pius V vs. Francis: A Tale of Two Popes

Pope Francis called for ‘weapons of love’ in the wake of the ISIS attack on Brussels. If a previous Pope had made a similar call to arms, Christendom might not exist today.  

The Day the Praetorian Guard Went Batsh*t Crazy

The Day the Praetorian Guard Went Batsh*t Crazy

On March 28, 193 A.D., Rome’s elite bodyguard committed an atrocity that scarred the imperial throne.

Why it's so Easy to Relate to Pontius Pilate

Why it's so Easy to Relate to Pontius Pilate

Some of Pilate's actions and words were perfectly understandable. 

The Last Supper

The Last Supper

Here’s the story behind the painting.

The 'Maundy' Thursday Story

The 'Maundy' Thursday Story

Here’s what ‘Maundy’ means. And how it’s relevant.

Demolishing Myths About Communism

Demolishing Myths About Communism

There was a time when intellectuals in the West were enthralled with Communism and viewed Lenin and Stalin in heroic terms.

Handel’s ‘Messiah,’ and the Decline of Knowledge in the West

Handel’s ‘Messiah,’ and the Decline of Knowledge in the West

Despite its religious undertones, is the Messiah an important part of western tradition we all need to know?

11 Last Words of Famous People

11 Last Words of Famous People

It’s often said that you can tell a lot about a person’s life by the way they behave at their death.

The Barbarians are Behind the Walls

The Barbarians are Behind the Walls

The Brussels attacks reveal an open society isn't the problem. 

Ben Franklin’s 5 Tips for Making Americans Better Writers

Ben Franklin’s 5 Tips for Making Americans Better Writers

“It seems to me that there is scarce any Accomplishment more necessary to a Man of Sense, than that of Writing well in his Mother Tongue.”

Was Patrick Henry Illiterate?

Was Patrick Henry Illiterate?

On the anniversary of his ‘liberty or death’ speech, we ask a bizarre question: Was the famed American orator literate?

The Meaning of Holocaust: Do you know it?
How Johann Sebastian Bach Taught His Students

How Johann Sebastian Bach Taught His Students

4 simple methods every parent and teacher should know.

5 'Lincoln' Quotes Old Abe Never Said

5 'Lincoln' Quotes Old Abe Never Said

Many of the cherished witticisms we attribute to Lincoln cannot be directly sourced to America’s 16th president.

A History Joke

A History Joke

Sometimes humor is the best at revealing deficiencies. 

How Ice Cream Won the Cold War

How Ice Cream Won the Cold War

The larger system of innovation is built on the quest for comfort, for entertainment, for what often looks like decadence.

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